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I am running GNU Emacs 24.2.1 on a Windows7 computer with three screens. How can I tell emacs the screen I'd like it to start in? Dragging my Emacs window across screens is exhausting. ;)

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maybe better superuser? As it isn't directly related to programming, perhaps asking as general how to I make a program start on a specific screen? (sorry can't help you, no windows here) – Doon May 9 '13 at 15:24
+1 for making your motivation clear – TooTone May 9 '13 at 15:33
@Doon - I asked here, because Emacs tends to have many obscure, special-purpose variables and functions, and it also has some special coommand-line arguments. However, I have to admit, I'm not too familiar with SuperUser, and which questions are better posed there. – kc2001 May 9 '13 at 15:48

on windows xp just now I tried using the -geometry command-line option. I found that increasing the x-offset was sufficient to determine which monitor emacs appeared on. As explained here, you can simply edit the properties of your windows shortcut to add the extra argument.

1st monitor

C:\emacs-24.2\bin\runemacs.exe -geometry +100

2nd monitor

C:\emacs-24.2\bin\runemacs.exe -geometry +1400

This worked on xp for me; hopefully will work on win7 for you.

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+1 I'm hoping for an answer that lets me explicitly specify a screen. However, I consider this to be a clever hack, and I hadn't thought of specifying a large x-offset to force the emacs window over to the next screen. Cheers! – kc2001 May 9 '13 at 15:51

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