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Windows 7: Move an unmovable window?

23 Jun 2012   #1

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Move an unmovable window?

Wasn't sure where to put this. It's not a Windows 7 Problem Per Se... So many truly brilliant regulars here though I thought I'd give it a (long?) shot.

I have a surveillance system which uses a remote viewing app that appears to be an active X component.

The app loads in the top left corner of the monitor (see screenshot) and is not resizeable or movable. The only manipulation it will allow is minimize to task bar. I do not like this

I have looked for registry entries and/or *.ini files that would govern screen position but have not found such. I've also looked for third party workarounds that would allow me to reposition or resize this window. I've not found anything.

The surveillance package is run from this card Product Detail The software is called Super DVR. Remote Viewing Software for the QSDT4PCRC-BNC and QSDT42DPCRC PCI Cards

TIA for any ideas.

Doug



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24 Jun 2012   #2

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Try this, hover your mouse over the taskbar icon until the preview pops up. Right click the preview and see if the Move option isn't grayed out. This will allow the arrow keys on the keyboard to move the window.

OR

Highlight (hover over) the taskbar icon. Press Alt+Space bar, then M. Now use the keyboard arrows to move. Press the Shift key when you close it might very well save that location.

A Guy
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24 Jun 2012   #3

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Yeah Guy Sorry. I should have mentioned. There are no right click options from the Task Bar Preview. Right clicking the Task Bar Preview simply returns focus to the program.

Similarly the only context options from the Task Bar icon itself are Pin to Task Bar and close. There are no right click options anywhere in the program's window either.

I honestly think that short of a third party workaround (which I'd be glad to try if anybody knows of one) the only option would be to decompile and rewrite the program. Well beyond my skill level.

Thank You for your time. Much appreciated.

Doug
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24 Jun 2012   #4

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You tried the 2nd option?

Highlight (hover over) the taskbar icon. Press Alt+Space bar, then M. Now use the keyboard arrows to move. Press the Shift key when you close it might very well save that location.

Bad coding on the programmers part. I guess they assumed the monitor would be dedicated to the display. A Guy
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24 Jun 2012   #5

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Yeah tried the second option as well. Any keypress while hovering returns focus to the program. It's just plain stuck in that corner.

Your mentioning the programmer ASSumed the monitor would be dedicated to the task (probably correct ) gave me an idea though. Perhaps I'll hook up a second small monitor to the system and see if I can dedicate it to the Webcam app.

Thanks again for your time.

Doug
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24 Jun 2012   #6

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No problem, was worth a shot

A Guy
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25 Jun 2012   #7

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Yeah it was.

I was mostly hoping somebody might know of a third party "make any window moveable" sort of a thing.

I've been looking for a while so I wasn't too hopeful but hey, thanks anyway.

Doug
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25 Jun 2012   #8

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If you put the Taskbar at the top before running the program, does it still position in Top Left or does it allow room for the Taskbar? I'm trying to find out if it pays attention to the "work area". For the test to mean anything you must have Taskbar AutoHide disabled. Right click Taskbar click Properties and make sure AutoHide is not checked. Also before trying to drag the Taskbar to the top make sure Lock the Taskbar is not checked.
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26 Jun 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by datapod View Post
I was mostly hoping somebody might know of a third party "make any window moveable" sort of a thing.
Some thing like this?
WindowPad - window-moving-resizing tool; AutoHotkey Community
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26 Jun 2012   #10

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I also wrote a window mover sizer. MoveIt

But a program can ignore WM_MOVE messages. I'm trying to find out if it cares anything about the system settings, such as work area. If it ignores WM_MOVE and insists on being anchored at 0,0 there's nothing you can do about it except kill it.

Sometimes a window that won't allow itself to be moved will still accommodate the taskbar. In that case you may be able to "fool" it by setting the work area:
Adjust Work Area
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