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How to move windows that open up offscreen?

I have dual monitors on my pc, that runs on Windows XP. There is something wrong with my primary monitor port now so my primary monitor is not working. The problem is that all windows open on the monitor so I can't change any settings. How can I switch monitor settings if even the monitors window opens on the one I can't see?

marked as duplicate by Karan, Canadian Luke, Gaff, Hennes, Dennis Nov 23 '12 at 20:17

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On the screen which does work, right click on the desktop and select properties (this will open the Display Properties).

If the display is on the faulty monitor side (ie, you can't see it), then press Alt + Space (together), release both, press M and then use the cursor (arrow) keys ( ) to move the window onto your working screen. You may only see a dotted line outlining the window. When you're finished, press return or enter

From here, you can select which Window to use (or not) under the settings tab.

  • You beat me to it :) – onik Nov 23 '12 at 11:23
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    Once you've pressed an arrow key to move the window, you can also use the mouse to position the window and click when done, it's faster. – onik Nov 23 '12 at 11:25

Disconnected the primary monitor, then start your PC. Done. :)

( Windows will start up with one display and all windows will open on that display. )

  • Thanks, but I have tried that, it doesn't work. – Analize Nov 23 '12 at 11:10
  • That is weird. It worked on my XP laptop. I wonder what the difference is between the systems. Anyway, can connect with VNC,RDP or similar from another computer. Would be a kludge, but that way you can change the settings. – Hennes Nov 23 '12 at 11:58

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