Window Hidden off screen

It happens all the time. You change your multi-monitor configuration in some way and now there is a window unreachable off the side of the screen. Way out in right field your Skype buddy list is napping, or even your web browser. This is because applications try to be intelligent and remember their last location for next time they are used.

The first step to resolution is admitting you have a problem. You open a new web browser and it is nowhere to be found. But you can see it in the task bar. Clicking on it multiple times you can see it restore with a ghostly visual queue that it is going up and to the right where your monitor used to be. Aha! Now you know where the little devil is, you can begin the work to reeling it back in. Right click on it in the task bar and select “Move”. This allows you to move the window using your arrow keys.

But what if you do not have a move option? No problem. Alt+Tab till the desired window is selected, Alt+Space Bar, then press “M” for move, Press “Enter” when the window is finally in view. This works for Skype and many other programs which strip the “Move” option from the task bar menu.


4 Responses to “Windows Hidden off Screen”

  1. D&D on July 3rd, 2007 12:30 am

    Very handy little tip! Never knew about the Alt-Space trick, nor that you could move windows using just your arrow keys.

    However, I would like to point out that once you’ve select Move from either the right-click context menu or the Alt-Space M trick, the mouse is put right on the window’s title bar. You can then just click down with your mouse and drag the window into view, which may be a tad bit faster than using the arrows keys to slowly shift the window around.

  2. Grizz on July 3rd, 2007 7:36 am

    If the window is off in a non-existing monitor the mouse does not make it off screen to the title bar, so your second suggestion is unable to work. But the suggestion works but you still must use the arrows.

  3. Philip on January 30th, 2009 5:49 pm

    I have a project studio where I run a 3-monitor setup where I work off of two of the displays for recording and the 3rd one is extended into a vocal booth so vocalists can read lyrics or watch one of the mixer windows.

    The problem is, that when in a program like Cubase that doesn’t differentiate between all the windows with taskbars, I have no way of knowing where the mixer is on the 3rd LCD screen should I wish to pull it to my screen to make modifications and then throw it back to the vocalist inside the booth. Instead I have to have two mice connected, one being inside the booth, walk over the it and use that mouse to the move the window to my screen and vice versa.

    Is there any kind of utility that would allow previews of the contents of each screen to be shown on one of the main monitors where I could drag windows from the preview back and forth between monitors? Otherwise I’m blind as soon as I put something on the vocal booth screen.

  4. Eric on October 20th, 2011 12:26 am

    Thanks for the tip. I used to just right click but windows 7 hid the shortcuts from the taskbar. ALT-Space was just what I was looking for.

    Small note though, after you got the Alt-Space, the M you click the arrows to move the window. but htat is super slow.

    Try this, click the arrow as usual but just once, then the window is tied to your mouse cursor and you can move it about with the mouse.

    dont click anything, just alt-space, m, arrow (any) and move the mouse around, eventually the window will come into focus.

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