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Microsoft Office has an annoying bug that causes a pop-up to appear every hour
Microsoft Office has a frustrating bug that causes a pop-up to appear every HOUR. A fix has now thankfully been released – but only for some users.
Office users pointed the issue out on Reddit and on Twitter after they were left frustrated by the pop-ups that regularly appeared.
The bug appeared after the most recent Office update and causes a background task window to pop up on an hourly basis.
If you’re running a full-screen app, like a game or Netflix, it can kick you straight back to the desktop.
Microsoft have confirmed that a fix has been in the works and it's now been released – but ONLY so far for those in the Office Insiders Slow programme.
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Microsoft revealed the news after responding to users’ frustrations at the bug on social media.
The MalwareTech Twitter account had tweeted: “New Microsoft Office update has this stupid "background" task which opens a CMD window then closes it again really quickly…every hour.”
Jen Gentleman, a software engineer at Microsoft, replied: “There's a fix making it's way through the #OfficeInsiders Slow ring – details attached”.
She provided a link to a Microsoft Answers page which described the ‘OfficeBackgroundTaskHandlerRegistration’ bug.
The issue was originally raised by one member of the Microsoft community.
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They wrote: “Is there a really, really good reason that the ‘OfficeBackgroundTaskHandlerRegistration’ task (see it in Task Scheduler, Microsoft, Office) must run every hour? This is what it says that it does: ‘This task initiates Office Background Task Handler, which updates relevant Office data.’
“I ask, because it runs officebackgroundtaskhandler.exe in such a way that it flashes a window (itself) on the screen. Only instantaneously to be sure, but it's noticeable, especially once you catch onto what's happening. You can run the task manually if you want to see it without waiting.
“Why doesn't the task use one of the many tricks to hide a window from displaying?”
A Microsoft worker revealed a fix for the bug is in the works on Twitter
The fix to the bug is currently only available to those in the Office Insiders Slow programme
Microsoft’s Gregory Jensen replied: “This issue is fixed starting with build 16.0.8201.2025 which is now available as the latest update for those participating in the Office Insiders Slow program.
“It will be included in a future update for those not participating in Insiders.”
It currently is unclear when exactly the fix will be rolled out for all Office users.
In other Microsoft news, it recently emerged that PC owners can still get a Windows 10 free upgrade.
This is despite the official cutoff point for free Windows 10 upgrades being July 29 2016.