How to Move a Lost, Off-Screen Window Back to Your Desktop

Last Updated: Feb 16, 2024 by

Have you ever accidentally moved a window off your computer screen and can’t seem to find it? It can be frustrating and time-consuming to try and locate a lost window, especially if you have multiple screens or a large desktop. But don’t worry, there are a few simple steps you can take to move that lost window back to your desktop.

Check Your Taskbar

The first thing you should do is check your taskbar. Sometimes, when a window is moved off-screen, it will still appear as a button on your taskbar. If you see the window’s button, right-click on it and select “Maximize” or “Restore” to bring it back onto your screen.

Use the Keyboard Shortcut

If the window’s button is not on your taskbar, you can try using a keyboard shortcut to move it back onto your screen. First, make sure the lost window is selected by clicking on its button on the taskbar. Then, press the “Alt” and “Spacebar” keys at the same time. This will open a menu for the selected window. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select “Move” and then use the arrow keys to move the window back onto your screen.

Use the Task Manager

If the previous methods don’t work, you can use the Task Manager to bring the lost window back onto your screen. Right-click on your taskbar and select “Task Manager.” In the Task Manager window, click on the “Applications” tab and find the lost window in the list. Right-click on the window and select “Maximize” or “Restore” to bring it back onto your screen.

Adjust Your Display Settings

If none of the above methods work, it’s possible that your display settings are causing the issue. Right-click on your desktop and select “Display Settings.” Under the “Multiple displays” section, make sure the option for “Extend these displays” is selected. If it is not, select it and click “Apply.” This should bring the lost window back onto your screen.

Use a Window Management Tool

If you frequently have issues with lost windows, you may want to consider using a window management tool. These tools allow you to easily move and organize your windows on your desktop. Some popular options include DisplayFusion, Actual Multiple Monitors, and AquaSnap.

Prevent Future Issues

To prevent future issues with lost windows, make sure to regularly maintain and restore your windows. This includes closing any unnecessary windows, organizing your desktop, and using a window management tool if needed. By keeping your windows in check, you can avoid the frustration of losing a window off your screen.

By following these simple steps, you can easily move a lost, off-screen window back to your desktop. Whether it’s a simple mistake or a recurring issue, these methods will help you quickly restore your windows and get back to work.

Have you ever had a lost window on your desktop? How did you fix it? Let us know in the comments.

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