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12 Apr 2012   #11

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

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12 Apr 2012   #12

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

What a shame
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12 Apr 2012   #13

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Gosh, and I was about to say that programs will open on the last display on which they were closed. Ah, too bad. Perhaps the OP could have stuck around and helped someone else with his polished brilliance and keen wit.

I shall miss him....Not.
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12 Apr 2012   #14

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

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12 Apr 2012   #15

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Gosh, and I was about to say that programs will open on the last display on which they were closed. Ah, too bad. Perhaps the OP could have stuck around and helped someone else with his polished brilliance and keen wit.

I shall miss him....Not.
Yeah if the displays were actually changing position it was probably due to some overly smart third party driver trying to restore a screen position to "catch" the program that was originally placed there when launched. Windows itself does not do this...

Heh, it is sort of a self amusement to give an answer to someone's question that will never see it because they were such a tool.
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12 Apr 2012   #16

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Gosh, and I was about to say that programs will open on the last display on which they were closed.
Almost always happens this way, if the program is written to standard Windows-conformant API. There certainly are exceptions, like non-standard or custom-built programs with custom-GUI that say always open on monitor 1 (say, in full-screen), even if you drag them over to monitor 2 and put them in "window mode" before closing them. They will simply always open on monitor 1 in full-screen when launched no matter where they were when last closed, because that's how the author wrote it.

Nevertheless, back to OP... I think OP's wording in his problem description may have confused me when I responded earlier:
yet when I open a new program (whether it is a game, browser, or media player) it changes back to the old over/under set up.
I think when he said "when I open a new program" I thought he was talking about a "newly, freshly installed brand new program run for the first time". And so I couldn't imagine how that first-time brand new open could ever be anywhere but on monitor 1.

But now that I see your comment, and look back on his words, I think his "open a new program" may really be describing "re-launch a new instance of a program that was closed previously". And now I see the applicability of your comment, since almost certainly a game, browser, or media player are ALL Windows-API conforming, and as you point out there's near 100% certainty that when re-launched they would once again re-open on exactly the same monitor and at the same place and with the same window size as when last closed.

This has happened to all of us who've had 2-monitor setups and gone to a 1-monitor setup, or maybe swapped 1 and 2 horizontally, or in his case gone from 2-over-1 to 1-to-the-left-of-2, etc. As you've pointed out, and as OP would have eventually learned from others if he'd only stuck it out here, it's that prior last-closed state for programs you may not have used for a while but previously were on the now "phantom monitor location" which actually no longer exists, which is almost certainly the explanation for his problem now that his two monitors have been physically rearranged with corresponding re-specification of monitor arrangement using the video driver Control Panel (or ATI's CCC, etc.).

And, the solution (for him) is easy... even if you have to go through it for each program as you first come to it again from its wrong opening on the "phantom monitor old location", as clearly explained by Brink in his "tutorial" for exactly this problem and its resolution:
Check this tutorial for the easy way to drag an off-screen window back onto your primary monitor.

Anyway, the above tutorial is just a few steps, and allows you to right-click on the Aero preview window and select MOVE, and then use your arrow keys on the keyboard to slide the actual window over from off-screen (invisible) onto your true primary monitor.
Hope he's following "silently".
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13 Apr 2012   #17

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
sorry but,
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15 Nov 2012   #18

Windows 7 32bit
 
 
wow

I am having an issue with the dual monitor orientation switching around. I found this post on google and it had my hopes up. What did I find? A thread of personal slights between two members and no help. Perhaps someone should get rid of such threads periodically so that they do not waste people's time.
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03 Jan 2014   #19

Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 
So close!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
due to some overly smart third party driver trying to restore a screen position to "catch" the program that was originally placed there when launched. Windows itself does not do this...
I have an (the?) answer! Also, what a horrible thread! I can see why the OP is frustrated. Nobody answered the question and also answered based on a misinterpretation of the question. That said, he was also kind of a dick about it.

Anyway, I was having the same problem, and like Cswyke, this was the most promising Google result. So what did I find? It seems that I have something installed that I can only identify as "Super Utility." Its a system tray app that has a microsoft-like monitor logo and appears to have control over multi-monitor setups. TBH I can't remember where it came from, and I also can't seem to get rid of it! I have found, however, that if I uncheck "Fixed Position" as shown below, it stops messing with my monitor configuration. Hooray!

http://matt-schoen.com/theculprit.png


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