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I find this beyond frustrating.

I have two extra screens on my laptop while at work. I take my laptop and go home, with no extra screens connected. I come back, dock the laptop, and the windows need to be rearranged again.

Is there a way to get windows (or a utility) to keep track of the overall screen configuration (#, size, resolution), and remember where windows were placed, so when the screen configuration again matches, it puts applications BACK where they were?

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I run into the same issue but my complaint is when I open the laptop later and the application window is still off-screen (end up using the arrow keys to move it back onscreen). I don't think there is a built-in solution to this. –  Brad Patton May 10 '13 at 0:38

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I've used Stardock’s Fences before in a similar scenario:

Fences helps you organize your PC by automatically placing your shortcuts and icons into resizable shaded areas on your desktop called fences. Its many customization features are what make Fences the world's most popular Windows desktop enhancement.

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That arranges icons. Not windows. My issue is that I have 8 programs open across three screens. When I close the laptop, and re-open it with the three screens all my application windows are open on one screen, not arranged how I had them. –  CaffGeek May 10 '13 at 13:17

The problem is that Windows applications don't really see multiple monitors. The window manager keeps track of window positions in reference to the Top-Left corner or your main display. I'm not aware of any commercial applications that do, but you could write an application in C# or even VB.NET that could write these values to a file and restore them later, but there would be no "trigger" for it. You'd have to tell the program when to store and retrieve the data manually.

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Alot of windows users had this issue, an application was developed and shared within the windows 7 forums as shown here:

http://www.sevenforums.com/free-developer-programs-projects/40916-shellfolderfix-manage-folder-window-positions-size.html#post396744 

There are instructions on the site which help and it should fix your issue.

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The forum says "This is an app to make Windows 7 explorer folder windows remember their size and position" and " It does NOT manage window size/positions of regular applications, if you want that, other apps like Window Manager do it". What is meant by Window Manager? Is that the Microsoft Windows Manager service or the product from DeskSoft link –  MADCookie Oct 7 at 19:26
    
yes it is the product from DeskSoft –  Nabil Aziz Oct 7 at 19:50

I'm currently using DisplayFusion Pro for window location (not only). I don't know how this works when you disconnect and connect your monitor - I have three always.

I think, that you must close and reopen your apps to be re-arranged.

Don't know if free version has this feature.

screenshot of settings

homepage of DisplayFusion

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FYI, the Window Location feature appears to solve my request. It should be noted to anyone else that this is a PRO version requiring a purchased license. –  MADCookie Oct 7 at 19:35

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