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Windows 7: Offscreen Window - Move Back to Desktop



Offscreen Window - Move Back to Desktop

How to Move Offscreen Window Back to Desktop in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
31 Mar 2010
Default Offscreen Window - Move Back to Desktop

How to Move Offscreen Window Back to Desktop in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
If you have a opened window that is offscreen from your main display, then this will show you how to move the offscreen window back on your desktop in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Note   Note
This would be a opened window that you accidentally moved off the screen to far to get to it with the mouse pointer, or if a laptop or desktop computer is plugged up to a temporary secondary monitor display and then disconnected without remembering to move the open window(s) back to the primary desktop display.




Here's How:
1. Hover the mouse pointer over the offscreen open window icon on the taskbar until you see it's taskbar thumbnail preview display. (see screenshot below)
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2. Right click on the taskbar thumbnail preview, and click/tap on Move. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: You could also press and hold the Shift key, right click on the taskbar icon of the offscreen window, release the Shift key, then click/tap on Move.
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Tip   Tip
If Move is grayed out, then that means that the offscreen window has been minimized to the taskbar. Click/tap on Maximize or Restore and repeat step 2 to now be able to click/tap on Move.

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3. The mouse pointer will now turn into the move cursor Name:  Move_Cursor.jpg
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4. Press and release one of the arrow keys on the keyboard.

5. Now drag the offscreen window back to your desktop by either moving the mouse or using the arrow keys.
NOTE: You may need to move the mouse around a bit until you see what direction the offscreen window is coming from.

6. When you have the window back to where you want it on the desktop, left click or press Enter to drop the window into place.
That's it,
Shawn








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31 Mar 2010   #1
CassieFWinTeam

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for sharing, Shawn!

Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach


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31 Mar 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Cassandra.
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24 Apr 2010   #3
RyanG

Windows 7
 
 

6. When you have the window back to where you want it on the desktop, left click or press Enter to drop the window into place.

when i press Enter or left click the window disappears and is offscreen again.
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24 Apr 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ryan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Strange, that should not happen. Do you have the window all the way onto your desktop and not hanging offscreen any at all? What is that window for?
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24 Apr 2010   #5
RyanG

Windows 7
 
 

yes, the window is all the way on the screen. And the window is for Steam Community chat
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24 Apr 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ryan,

I must admit that I'm not sure why it is doing that for you. You might see if uninstalling and reinstalling the program may be able to reset it for you so that it opens on the desktop normally again.
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02 May 2010   #7
Torongo

Windows 7
 
 

Nice, thanks. =)

~Joshua~
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02 May 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Joshua. Thank you.
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05 Jan 2011   #9
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Sorry but IMO this is wrong:
Quote:
If Move is grayed out, then that means that the offscreen window has been minimized to the taskbar. Click on Maximize and repeat step 2 to now be able to click on Move.
I think it should be:
Quote:
If Move is grayed out, then that means that the offscreen window has been minimized to the taskbar or maximized to full screen. To move a window, it must be restored to non-full screen mode. Click on Restore and repeat step 2 to now be able to click on Move.
This is at least how this works on all my rigs; only open, non-full screen windows can be moved using this method.

Kari
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