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How to move off-screen windows back to the desktop

Problem:

In Microsoft Windows, it is possible that a window of an application opens off the main screen and you cannot see it or bring it back to your desktop. For example, you might experience that a window of the Signature template editor opens out of the screen.

Solution:

To make a missing window visible on your screen again, you can:

Switch the position of your screens

You can change the display settings of your monitors to be able to control the off-screen window, and then reverse the changes to the initial state.

  1. In Windows, right-click on the desktop and select Display settings (Fig. 1.).

Selecting the Display settings option.
Fig.1. Selecting the Display settings option.

  1. Switch the positions of your screens (Fig. 2. and Fig. 3.).

The default screen settings.
Fig. 2. The default screen settings.

Rearranged displays.
Fig. 3. Rearranged displays.

  1. Apply the changes.
  2. The missing window should appear on one of the screens. Move it to the other screen.
  3. Go to the Display settings again and switch your displays to the initial position.

Move a window by using the arrow keys on your keyboard

You can use your keyboard to move off-screen windows back to the main screen by following the steps below.

  1. Make sure the window you are trying to move back to the desktop is active. With the pressed Alt key, press the Tab key a few times until the missing window is selected (Fig. 4.).

Select window with the Alt+Tab key combination
Fig.4. Selecting a window with the Alt+Tab key combination.

  1. Hold Shift, right-click the program’s icon on the taskbar, and select Move from the context menu (Fig. 5.).

Selecting the Move option from the context menu.
Fig. 5. Selecting the Move option from the context menu.

Info

If you have opened many windows of the same program, you will not see the context menu shown in Fig. 5. above when clicking the program’s icon on the taskbar. To open that menu, you have to hover the cursor over the program’s icon on the taskbar, then move the cursor over the window preview and right-click it. You will now be able to select Move (Fig. 6.).

Using the Move option for a selected window.
Fig. 6. Using the Move option for a selected window.

  1. While the cursor is in the move mode (Move cursor), use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate the window back to the main screen.

    Tip:

    When the cursor changes to Move cursor, you can also use the mouse to move the window. If this doesn’t work, then press any arrow key at least once. After that, you should be able to use the mouse.

  1. Once the window is in the right position, press Enter or use the left mouse button to release the cursor from the move mode.

Use the Cascade windows option

The Cascade windows option rearranges your all windows in a cascade pattern. Thanks to that, an out-of-screen window goes back to the desktop with all other windows. To use this option, follow the steps below.

  1. Right-click on the taskbar and select Cascade windows (Fig. 7.) from the context menu.

Selecting the Cascade windows option.
Fig. 7. Selecting the Cascade windows option.

  1. All opened windows should form a cascade (Fig. 8.) within the main screen, allowing you to reach every window easily.

Windows formed into a cascade.
Fig. 8. Windows formed into a cascade.