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I have a dual monitor setup, my primary and the second monitor is actually a large TV which is usually off. If windows are left open on the TV like windows explorer I have to turn the TV on to get it back on to my main monitor.

Is there any setting in Windows 7 that would let me right click an opened window in my task bar and have it sent back to my main monitor? This isn't about extending my task bar across to the other monitor. Just a simple right click option to send the windows back to this primary display, is there any way to do that?


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possible duplicate of How to move windows that open up offscreen? – Matthew Williams Aug 20 '14 at 11:49
up vote 9 down vote accepted

Just found an answer while Googling here

It says...

Windows 7 has a cool new feature that should help. Click the icon in the taskbar to ensure that the program has focus. Then hold down the Windows key and press the right-arrow a few times. That should move the window across your screens and eventually bring it back onto the screen that is still active.

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thanks for sharing! – tbenz9 Sep 28 '13 at 19:05
This is so last decade in any foss window manager :) – Ярослав Рахматуллин Sep 28 '13 at 20:03
@ЯрославРахматуллин Hence why foss window managers are so last decade as a whole. ;) – Dan Nov 5 '14 at 21:09
@Dan Ha, ha! Nice one :D – Ярослав Рахматуллин Nov 6 '14 at 10:26
While this works for regular application windows it doesn't work for dialog windows. For example, I just tried this trick when opening a KeyPass2 database. KeyPass2 opens a dialog box for the user to enter the master password for the database before it opens the main application. The dialog stays stubbornly on the wrong (off) monitor. Once I entered the password and clicked ok the main app opened and I was able to use this trick to move the main app window to the correct monitor. – SimonTewsi Apr 25 '15 at 3:58

@Anagio's solution is handy if you don't use the Ease of Access Center -> Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen option. (This option is disabled by default.) But if that behavior annoys you (and consequently, you enable the option), then the Win + Arrow shortcut doesn't work.

So in that case, you can fix off-screen problems by giving focus to the desired application, then pressing Alt + Space, followed by m to activate Move. Then you can use the arrow keys to move the window around.

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And then press Enter to leave the arrows-move-the-screen mode – Hamish Apr 16 '15 at 20:24

Pressing Win+Shift+Arrow moves the current window across screens.

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This seems to be the best answer for moving a dialog box, like the master password dialog displayed when opening a KeePass database. Win + Arrow doesn't work on such a dialog, with or without pressing Alt + Space first. Win + Shift + Arrow works perfectly, on both the dialog and normal application windows. – SimonTewsi Apr 25 '15 at 4:15

While the Win+Shift+Arrow was the best solution for me, I found a very simple one to deal with this; and in my case it is mostly the secondary Monitor connected to my Laptop and the power goes off.

Just go to Screen Resolution > Multiple Displays and select "Show Desktop only on 1" (1 being your Primary display here).

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