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For some reason, notepad.exe starts up off the physical screen in some virtual location. As such I cannot use it. It's in the taskbar so I can kill it. Is there anyway to have it reset its top left corner so I can use it again?

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AltSpace, M. Then move it.

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Upon pressing Alt-Space,M -- I'd suggest using/holding down arrow keys to get the window moving first. Once you see it, you should be able to use your mouse to move the window to where you want it. – krhainos May 9 '11 at 17:04

If you feel comfortable going through the registry, here's a way to reset Notepad's window position:

  1. Close Notepad

  2. On the Registry editor, go to: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Notepad

  3. Delete fSaveWindowPositions and/or iWindowPos*

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I was having this same problem. I didn't try the Regedit method as my work computer is locked down. I tried the alt+space M method but didn't work. I tried the right click move on the Task Manager but there is no such move option on my Windows 7 OS in Task Manager.

So to solve the problem I

  • launched Notepad,
  • opened up Task Manager,
  • right clicked on Notepad,
  • left clicked Maximize

and it appeared on my screen again. I was then able to

  • click on the resize square in the upper right corner of the Notepad window
  • resize and
  • close Notepad.

I then relaunched Notepad and it appeared on my screen again.

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On Windows 8.1, press (Win)+ (left arrow), and the document will appear on the left half of your screen.  Then drag the size a bit and it resets the window position.

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Open a notepad, hover over it in the taskbar. Right click on it then click move, at this point use your arrowkeys to move the window back on screen not the mouse. (If you dont know where the window is keep clicking on the taskbar where the icon is located and it will minimize and maximize, indicating its location off screen).

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