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recently my SSMS started working really weird, wasting my time. I am working on a laptop connected to additional monitor. SSMS starts without login prompt, and stays inactive as long as I dont shut its process down in Task Manager.

Only way of making it work is disconnecting my additional monitor, starting SSMS, logging in, and then plugging monitor back on - this takes a whole load of time.

Weird thing is, it started being weird like this a week ago, it worked just fine before.

Any ideas how to fix it?

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It looks like SSMS starts and shows the window somewhere, where you do not see it. (Maybe in some "virtual area", that SSMS belives to exist because of some bug.) Try the following: after you have started SSMS and you belive it should be showing main window press Ctrl+Space: this opens old good "window context menu". If you have luck then it will be shown in visible area of one of your monitors. Select "move".(If You have no luck and Menu does not appear in visible area, then just press "M" - I think this is shortcut for "move" in EN version of Windows (I have German version. Try this with any other window)) This allows to move the window USING ARROW KEYS. Now try to press left or right keeping pressed first left, then right,up and down arrows and wait till window appears. When you see it - press ENTER and it will be moved to new position.

Another way (it also supposes that app is showing in "nowhere"): press repeatedly Shift+WindowsKey+LEFT Arrow (Or Right Arrow): this is windows shortcut to move the window to next monitor.

Good luck !

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Unfortunately none of this works, as the shortcuts work in current active window. My SSMS window stays unactive which means I can't interact with it in any way, until I disconnect my second monitor and restart SMSS forcing it to display prompt window on laptop screen :( –  Matt Apr 4 '13 at 13:59

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