How To Move Off-Screen Windows Back To Your Desktop

I just found an easy solution for moving application windows that have somehow ended up off-screen back to the middle of a monitor where you can see it.  It was such a nice fix, I just had to share it!

  1. Alt-tab to get the offending application as the active application in windows
  2. Go to the taskbar and right click on the application and choose ‘Move’
  3. You cursor will now changes shape to one with arrows at each corner.  Now just use your arrow keys to move the hidden app to where you can see it, and the problem is solved!

With some applications there isn’t a Move option in Windows.   Don’t worry, because for these applications just do 1, but use ‘ALT+SPACE+M’ to activate Windows Move option.


15 Responses to How To Move Off-Screen Windows Back To Your Desktop

  1. Nicowyow January 7, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    if it’s not working try:
    select window using alt + tab, alt + space + M (like in the article), and then press a arrow key. By using the arrow keys the window will stick to your mouse cursor.

  2. Mnm February 17, 2011 at 5:10 am #

    Incredible. Thank you soooo much. I had lost my windows media center…and you brought it back!!!!

  3. Lizmay3 August 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Nothing you mentioned works. When I hit alt tab all the appliaction flash on and off so fast that nothing can be clicked on.

  4. softy goes to hollywood October 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    if your having this issue with remote desktop, make sure to edit the connection before you connect.  you need to send key combitnations to the remote computer.

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