[Fix] Apps and Programs Automatically Minimize in Windows 10

Today in this topic, we are going to address a very strange problem of Windows OS which you might not have even thought about.

Recently a few AskVG readers have asked us about following two weird problems in Windows 10 operating system:

Problem 1: Users can't see titlebar buttons (minimize, maximize/restore, close) in modern apps

Problem 2: Many programs automatically minimize to Taskbar when a sub-window is opened

Now let's talk about these problems in details!

Many times in Windows 10, users don't get the titlebar in modern (or metro) apps. The modern apps launch in full screen mode and users can't use the caption buttons such as minimize, maximize/restore or close.

Also if a user opens a sub-window in any running program such as opening compose email window in an email client software, the main program window is automatically minimized to Taskbar.

If you are also facing this problem in Windows 10, this tutorial will help you in troubleshooting this annoying problem.

Actually its not a problem, its a feature by design in Windows 10. You might have heard about the new "Tablet Mode" (aka Continuum) feature introduced in Windows 10. This feature works like a bridge between PC and touch-enabled devices such as tablets. When this Tablet Mode is enabled, all modern apps open in full screen mode and that's why sometimes the main program window is automatically minimized if you open a sub-window in it.

So to fix this problem, you just need to turn the Tablet Mode off. You can disable Tablet Mode using following steps:

METHOD 1: Using Action Center

1. Click on Action Center (or Notification Center) icon in Taskbar notification area.


2. Now click on "Tablet mode" tile to disable the tablet mode immediately.

METHOD 2: Using Settings App

1. Press WIN+I keys together to open Settings app.

2. Now go to "System -> Tablet mode" section and set the option "Make windows more touch-friendly when using your devices as a tablet" to Off.


That's it. As soon as you disable Tablet Mode feature, your both problems (missing titlebar buttons and programs keep automatically minimized) to Taskbar will be fixed.

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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 10

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  • The new design of website is good :)
    A suggestion from my side, please allow comments from the mobile version of the website,

  • after windows update notification bar in windows 10 is disable and do not show any notification.
    setting/system/notification & action. on this path show app notification is disabled and also show notification from these apps is also disabled

  • i am facing a different problem, in which i am unable to type in any text box of webpage or in url if i left my browser untouch.for eg: like after watching a short video in youtube.

  • VG

    ^^ Try to clear cache and cookies in your browser. Also try with a different browser.

    Check following:


    Thanks. Comments have been disabled on mobile version to reduce page size and mobile users data usage.

  • Hi VG, I had search far and wide but still couldn't find a decent solution. My problem is Windows 10 title bar text. I have set a dark color for the title bar using your theme and another application. Unfortunately this make the title bar text hard to read.

    Is there anyway to change the color of the title bar text? And make its position centered? Thanks.

  • VG

    ^^ That can be only done by using 3rd party themes.

  • This isn‘t related to the article but VG, please, consider reverting your blog‘s design—vivid light blue bars on left and right of the screen creates a feeling of going back to 2000s.

  • VG

    ^^ Done. Please press Ctrl+F5 to reload the page from scratch.

  • It was just a minor change but very eye-catching, it‘s great to see old colors coming back!

  • VG

    ^^ Thanks. I just tried with a new background color. ;)

  • Hello,
    thanks for the help, but in my case it didn't work.
    My tablet mode was already turned off, and I keep getting my windows minimized from time to time with no reason, mostly games and Apps that use full screen...
    Can you please advise?
    many thanks

  • I am still getting my windows minimized randomly when I am in Windows Live mail and Microsoft Word typing in text. My tablet mode is also already turned off. I run the programs from the old style Windows screen, not from the apps screen. Thank you

  • Thanks VG! Cutting off tablet mode appears to have solved the minimizing problem. I can't believe it was that simple after trying numerous other things that didn't work.

  • My tablet mode is already turned off, this is not a solution.

  • 2016-09-20: On my windows 10 Surface Pro 3, the Tablet Mode screen in Settings does not have the option at all to toggle a switch for "Make Windows more touch-friendly". That option might have been eliminated with a Windows 10 update?

  • Thanks for this tip. Very useful. Finally gotten rid of this annoying problem.

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