Move off-screen windows back into sight
I'm not sure what I did but the window of the media player VLC did open outside of the visible part of the connected computer monitor one day.
I knew the program was running because I saw it listed in the taskbar as active, heard the audio of the video playing, and also saw it listed as a process in the taskbar.
How can you move program windows that are not visible (off-screen) so that they become visible again?
The usual option to move the window with the mouse did not work, as no part of the window was still visible on the current monitor. I first tried to change the display resolution of the system, but that did not move the program window back on the desktop.
Changing the display resolution may work in some cases; it depends on actual window position and size. In my case, it did not work but if you want to give it a go, right-click on the desktop, select display settings and change the resolution there to another.
Moving windows in Windows
There are however several options to move a window back to the visible screen (please note that I have only tested them running Windows 7 and Windows 10, and that not all may work the same way or at all under previous versions of Windows):
- Right-click the Windows taskbar and select to cascade all windows. This works with many, but not all windows. The VLC Media Player window for instance does not get cascaded, while web browser windows do.
- Right-click on the taskbar and select other window arrangement options, e.g. showing windows side by side.
- Hold down the Windows-key and press left, right or up arrow once. This snaps the application window the to left or right side of the visible screen, or maximizes it. This resolved the issue for me.
- Hold down the Shift-key and right-click the taskbar icon of the application window that you can't see right now on the screen. Select move to change the mouse cursor. Hold the left mouse button down and move the mouse until you see the window pop up on the screen.Â If that does not work, try the arrow keys on the keyboard instead to move the window without the mouse.
- Hold down the Shift-key and right-click on the taskbar icon. Select Maximize from the context menu to display the app window in full screen on the monitor.
Option one, two, three and five are the least complicated to use and should be tried before the others as they may resolve the issue in a matter of seconds. Have you ever had issues with off-screen windows before? If so, what did you do to bring the window back into focus?Advertisement