How to Move a Window That’s Stuck Off-Screen

Often I’ll find that either the title bar of a window, or the whole window itself, is somehow “located” off the edge of the screen. This often happens when changing between my built-in laptop monitor and my larger external monitor.

Thankfully, this problem is easy to fix. Just follow these four simple steps:

  1. Right-click on the window’s taskbar button. (The taskbar is the bar, usually at the bottom of the screen, where the “Start” button is located along with buttons for open windows.)
  2. Click “Move” from the popup menu that appears.
  3. Press one of the arrow keys on your keyboard (left, right, up, or down).
  4. If the window doesn’t appear, move around the mouse until it does.

Still didn’t work? Or found another solution? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Heather Rose


  2. D.

    Recently, someone I’ve talked with on Yahoo sent me a Friend Invite. But I can’t accept it because it always pops up off screen. I’ve tried movin’ it, but it doesn’t show up on my taskbar, so I can’t click it if it’s not there. But it is an open window, just off to the side where I can’t click it. My computer even knows it’s there, but it won’t make it show up on the taskbar, and it won’t give me any option to move it. I’ve actually closed the window dozens of times, thinkin’ it would be reset once I signed back in. But it goes to the side every time, and I can’t get it, I can’t accept it, decline it. Can’t do anything. Help please?

    • Hi D,

      Try this:

      1. Hold down the Alt key and press the Tab key until the Yahoo window is selected from the list. Then release the keys.
      2. Press Alt+Spacebar
      3. Press M
      4. Use your arrow keys to move the window

      Let me know if it works.

  3. Frank

    Thank you John Lamansky this really helped me out today.


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