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I'm using windows 8 (or 8.1 now). I run Dual Monitors. On Monitor 2 I sometimes have the input switched to something else other than the windows display (Mac or PS3). If there was a program that was displaying on Window #2 that does not have 'move' where I could potentially alt-space-m arrow keys. Is there another way to get that program to display on Window #1?

I tried right click on the program and doesn't seem to be anything there. I tried Windows Key and Arrows. I Tried right click toolbar and cascade.

I'm hoping this is a DUP or Softball question because this annoys the crap out of me.



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Can't be sure for Win8, but for Win7, a trick to force all apps to screen 1 (main screen): press Windows+P until and select Computer only. This forces all apps to rearrange it's window to main monitor only.

Computer only

Alternatively, if you know the off screen program is active, press and hold Windows and then press Left or Right Arrow key multiple times until it moves into your viewable screen.

  • The Windows+left shortcut was brilliant, and worked really well.... for about a month. Now it has inexplicably ceased to function. Fortunately, the Windows+P trick still works, for now.
    – Marc
    May 29, 2016 at 11:23
  • Win+P didn't work for me, but Win+Left did :) Aug 2, 2016 at 6:14

For Windows 8...

Here is what I did! Seems the secret is that the arrow keys move one space and not an entire screen...

  • select the program/window in the task bar
  • Alt+spacebar
  • Windows key+m
  • hold the left arrow key down until it moves across
  • This way works for me in Windows 8.1
    – wilsotc
    Sep 11, 2014 at 0:36
  • 1
    And Windows 10 too
    – Simone
    Oct 21, 2015 at 16:26
  • 1
    Unbelievable that this still happens on Windows in 2016. Another reason I find I'm ~20% more productive on OSX. Feb 23, 2016 at 2:59
  • Fails if the other window is maximized, for some reason, at least on Win 8.1. Windows+left arrow is much easier, anyway, or Windows+P.
    – Marc
    May 29, 2016 at 11:24
  • @JarrodSmith When I first Googled for a solution, most of the results were by OSX users who have the same problem! May 31, 2017 at 0:30

One option is to go with the old-shcool Alt+Spacebar to move the window:

  • Activate the app that you want to move (say, with Alt+Tab)
  • Hit Alt+Spacebar
  • Hit M (for Move)
    • You should now see the cursor on the edge of the screen where the window is lost (or centered on the window's title bar if it is visible)
  • Use the arrow keys to move the window into sight
  • Hit Enter to release the window
  • 1
    Thanks @GaTechThomas! It amazes me that BASIC/OBVIOUS stuff is STILL a issue within the (sadly) most popular OS on planet. Do they actually test any UX scenarios? Each time my montior config changes the window positions goes to hell. Yeah. I like to change my monitor config and positions, what I want is a OS capable of compensate within reason and logic for that. The cursor keys worked for me within 8.1, the mouse move didn't. Odd. Stupid. Windows.
    – PJJ
    Mar 3, 2015 at 10:55
  • I expect that the video drivers and display management software are part of the problem. When docked, my laptop has both an nVidia card and an Intel card, and each has its own drivers and display management software. Should the OS disallow custom display management in favor of its own? That wouldn't be well received. Given the complexity of writing an operating system in which the hardware used is wide open, I think that Microsoft has done an amazing job. Mar 9, 2015 at 19:46
  • I think my instructions are a bit off. Refactoring. Apr 3, 2015 at 14:36
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    still works in win10!
    – mtness
    Dec 13, 2016 at 15:54

You can try the Windows Snap feature to cycle the window you want back to the screen you can see. You can use Win Key + Left/Right to move a window where you like.


  • I tried the Windows Key and it just didn't work for me. Who knows I might be doing it wrong.
    – Jason McD
    Oct 22, 2013 at 3:36
  • It could be that the window can't be resized. I see you've found your answer though! Oct 22, 2013 at 3:57
  • Indeed! works like a champ.
    – Jason McD
    Oct 22, 2013 at 3:59

Use a docked magnifier!

  1. Open the magnifier app and switch to docked view. Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + D
  2. Make sure you can move your mouse to the secondary desktop. If you can't, extend your desktop after pressing Windows + P.
  3. Now you can see what is around your mouse, so just grab your window and drag it back.

Retrieving window with magnifier.

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