What to Do if Message Window Always Hides behind Main Outlook Window?

Have you ever met the case that message window keeps opening behind main Outlook window whenever you write a new email or reply to a received email? This article will look at how to eliminate this issue.

I am using Outlook 2010 in Windows 7 on my computer. On one occasion, when I tried to create a new email, I found that the message window go behind Outlook. I had to minimize Outlook to get touch with my email. It was exactly annoying. Here are some effective solutions to this problem.

Simple Fix: Re-Lock Taskbar

Before taking more complicated measures, you can try this method firstly. Just right click the taskbar and deselect “Lock the taskbar”. And after few seconds, lock the taskbar again. Eventually restart Outlook to check if the problem is solved or not.Lock the Taskbar

If this method cannot help you or can make effects temporarily, you have to think about other means as the followings.

Change “ForegroundLockTimeout” Registry Value

  1. At the very outset, you should close Outlook thoroughly. If feasible, you can open the Task manager to quit Outlook.exe process.
  2. Then head to “Start Menu” and type “regedit” in the search field.Search "regedit" in Start Menu
  3. Press “Enter” to run the shown up program, namely opening the Registry Editor.
  4. Next in the subsequent window, you need to find the following registry keys: “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” > “Control Panel” > “Desktop”.
  5. After locating them in order, turn to the right pane of the window and find “ForegroundLockTimeout” value. Double click it.
  6. Later a new dialog box will pop up. Set “Base” to “Decimal”. The value data will become “200000” by default. But you ought to change it to “0”.Edit ForegroundLockTimeout Value
  7. Click “OK’ to close the dialog and go to “File” > “Exit” to close the Registry Editor.
  8. Finally reboot your computer and restart Outlook to try again.

Change “LoadBehavior” Registry Values for Outlook Add-ins

Actually in most situations, perhaps guilty Outlook add-ins is to blame. In prior to disable them, you can change their registry keys.

  1. Firstly access to Registry Editor as usual.
  2. Then go to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” > “Software” > “Microsoft” > “office” > “Outlook” > “Addins”.Add-ins in Registry Editor
  3. Under “Addins” key, you can see all the add-ins in Outlook. Click on each add-in and find “LoadBehavior” value in the right pane.
  4. Double click the “LoadBehavior” value. In the new popup dialog box, make sure the data is set to “2”.LocalBehavior
  5. After checking all the add-ins, you can exit Registry Editor.
  6. Ultimately restart your computer and Outlook.

If all the value data have already been 2 or changing the data doesn’t make any senses, you have no choice but to remove the suspicious Outlook add-ins.

Disable Faulty Outlook Add-ins

  1. Start Outlook via “outlook.exe /safe” switch.
  2. Then go to “File” > “Options” > “Add-ins” > “Go”.Check Outlook Add-ins
  3. Lastly in the popup dialog, disable the external add-ins.

Salvage Outlook Data after Havoc

It is known that occasional errors can occur to Outlook without any warnings. Besides, cumulative errors can bring out incalculable catastrophe. No one can predict it. But if encounter it, what should you do? Undoubtedly, you ought to rescue your Outlook data. A powerful enough tool is greatly demanded, like DataNumen Outlook Repair, which can recover Outlook data just like a breeze.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql recovery and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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