Finding Your Off-Screen Window or Application in Windows 7

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Finding Your Off-Screen Window or Application in Windows 7

by Jay Valente

If you’ve ever pulled your laptop from a dual monitor setup and tried to use just the laptop screen, I’m sure you’ve had the aggravating situation of a window that was so far off-screen that you could not access it.  

Where did my window go?
Help! I’ve lost an off-screen window!

Recovering Your Off-Screen Window in XP

In good old XP, you needed only to:

  • Right-click the application in the taskbar.
  • Select “Move”
  • Then use the cursor keys to move the window into the viewable area.

Recovering An Off-Screen Window in Windows 7

With the new Windows 7, you right click on an application in the taskbar and it looks like that option to “Move” has gone away – but don’t worry, it has just moved.

For this to work, you have to make sure you have Aero-Peek enabled. To show how to enable Aero Peek, click HERE.  Then:

  • “Mouse-hover” the offending off-screen application in the taskbar.
  • Wait for the mini-view of the window to pop up and then right click the mini-window.

You’ll get the friendly old alternate dialog, including “Move”, and it works just the same.  You have now recovered your off-screen window!

 

 

 

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