Window Off Screen Back To Your Desktop

If you guys have ever had a window somehow get moved off your screen. Then you know it can be frustrating not being able to drag it back actually. We’ve also got a couple of ways that you can move these rogue windows back to your desktop, though. Let’s now read the article to know about Window Off Screen Back To Your Desktop.

This little problem can also happen for a couple of different reasons. The most common is if you guys have a secondary monitor that is most of the time hooked up. And sometimes not—something that’s really common for laptop users. Most of the time, if you guys disconnect the secondary monitor without even turning off the “extend desktop” setting in Windows. Or moving your windows back to your main monitor first, windows that were actually on the second monitor can get stranded.

This can even happen along with the new, more multi-monitor-friendly settings in Windows 8 and 10 as well. This off-screen window problem can also happen most of the time if an app moves a window off-screen. And it doesn’t move it back. However, we have a couple of tricks that can help.

Window Off Screen Back To Your Desktop

When using Microsoft Windows, I had a window that had somehow fallen completely off of my screen actually. Right-clicking the window in the Taskbar and choosing Maximize brought it back. However, there was no way I could get the window restored to where I could move it around my screen along with my mouse.

Luckily, there are a couple of ways in order to bring off-screen windows back to the desktop screen as well.

Resolution Trick

Windows 10 & 8

  • You can start the problematic application.
  • Right-tap on a blank area of the Desktop, then select “Display settings“.
  • Choose “Advanced display settings” at the bottom of the window.
  • Temporarily change the “Resolution” to another value, and then select “Apply“.
  • Now check if you can see the window on your screen now.
  • Change the resolution back to the previous value, and then choose “OK“.

Windows 7

  • You can start the problematic application.
  • Right-tap on a blank area of the Desktop, and then choose “Screen Resolution“.
  • Now temporarily change the “Resolution” to another value, and then choose “Apply“.
  • Now check if you guys can see the window on your screen now.
  • Change the resolution back to the previous value, and then select “OK“.

Get Hidden Windows Back with a Keyboard Trick

There’s also a really simple keyboard trick you can use if you guys don’t want to rearrange all of your windows. First, make sure that you have got the off-screen window selected as the active window. You can do this through pressing Alt+Tab until that window is active or tapping the associated taskbar button.

window off screen

After you guys have got the window active, Shift+right-tap on the taskbar button (since just right-clicking will open the app’s jumplist instead). And select the “Move” command from the context menu.

At this point, you have to note that your cursor changes to a “Move” cursor. Now, you can use your arrow keys in order to move the window. You should also just be able in order to tap any of the arrow keys and then move your mouse slightly to have the window pop back onto the screen as well.

This trick will work on any version of Windows, however, note that on versions before Windows 7. You just have to right-click the taskbar button rather than Shift+right-tap on it to get the context menu. It’s actually a handy little trick for solving an somewhat rare—however, definitely frustrating—problem.

Show Desktop Toggle

  • Hold down the Windows Key, and then tap on “D“. Repeat these steps in order to see if it makes the window that you are looking for reappear.
  • Just like that, you can right-tap on a blank area of the taskbar, and then select “Show the desktop“, then repeat.

Move Option 1

  • First, of all, you have to the program in the taskbar.
  • Hold the Windows Key whenever tapping Left Arrow or Right Arrow repeatedly in order to move the window back into view.

Move Option 2

  • In Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista, and hold down the “Shift” key whenever right-tapping the program in the taskbar. Then choose “Move“. In Windows XP, right-tap on the item in the task-bar and choose “Move“. In some instances, you guys may have to choose “Restore“, and then head back and select “Move“.
  • You need to use your mouse or the arrow keys on your keyboard in order to move the window back onto the screen.


Most of the time, a single app will get stuck in a state where it cannot redraw onto the Window actually. You can mostly alleviate this via doing the following.

  • Hold “Shift” and right-tap on the program icon in the taskbar, and then select “Maximize“.


How do I avoid my application from starting off the screen each and every time I launch it?

Most of the applications will stop doing this if you properly exit out of the application when it is on the screen. If you guys have already properly exited the application, then you might need to uninstall and then reinstall it.

Otherwise, you guys can try right-tapping the icon for the application, and then selecting “Properties“. Now under the “Shortcut” tab, and change the “Run” setting to “Maximized“, and then choose “OK“.


Well, I hope you like this article and understand all the steps. However, if you still have any problems and queries related to this article. Then feel free to ask me in the comments section below. I’ll get back to you shortly.

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