I switch monitors really often: At work I have a very poor computer, and gpu too, which is bad at keeping its configuration, resolution and monitor position between each reboot. Both monitor are different size and resolution.

When doing that I often have applications that were on one of the monitors that remember their last position opened... so now they are unseen, at screen coordinates I cannot access.

I know there is a shortcut that can access the move functionnality of a window. Could you remind it to me.

Do you have other trick to center all opened windows into the visible screens ?


On Windows 7, with the hidden application focused use Windows Key + Left or Right. You will need to press the arrow key several times.

For earlier versions as well as Windows 7, press Alt + Spacebar to open the hidden application's system menu, then the letter M to select Move, finally arrow key. This will lock the window to your mouse, now move your mouse to the position you desire the window.

  • Good. That was exactly what I could not remember. Thx for the Windows 7 description. – Stephane Rolland Jan 31 '11 at 12:24

Self answer.

I kept searching for a way to do that... almost at random I clicked on the Desktop icon besides Start button... And all my wandering windows came back ;-)

So the answer is click the desktop shortcut. (or shortcut Windows + D).

In my search I found a nice site however that list all possible key shortcuts for windows. There are some I had never heard about, and that I might start using.

I found a ever more complete list of short cuts, working for windows, but I also saw some for mac. A breef look let me think it was a good link to keep. Wikipedia lists of key shortcuts.

  • The suggestions from the accepted answer didn't work for me, but this answer did. – René Oct 11 '12 at 15:00

The very excellent DisplayFusion does this, amongst other multi-monitor goodies. I use it all the time.

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