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How to Recover Windows That Are Stuck Offscreen (2 Solutions)

By November 23, 2016Tutorials


Hi everybody. Today I’ll be showing you what to do when you encounter a window in Windows that is stuck offscreen. And by that I mean you can’t actually open it, but you do see it in the taskbar. So no matter what you do, you can’t actually make it pop up.

All you have to do is hold shift over the taskbar icon, and then right-click, and here you’ll have some options. The option you’re interested in is Move, second one from the top. So you click move, and as soon as you’ve done that, you can kind of, like, let go of the mouse and keyboard. You should press one of the arrow keys, doesn’t matter which one, in this case I’m gonna press Right. Look at that! That made this window pop out of nowhere, okay? And in certain cases, pressing the arrow key is not enough, the window will still be off-screen after you’ve done that. But what you do is then move the mouse. So after pressing an arrow key, move the mouse. And you’ll notice that the mouse, or rather the window follows the mouse. So that’s the trick. All you have to do is press the arrow key once, then move the mouse, move it around, and you’ll eventually see your window. It’s a weird situation to be in, but this is a way to solve it.

Alright, now here’s another solution to the exact same problem. This one is actually simpler to execute, but will actually re-arrange the positions of all the windows you have open on Windows. So, it’s not generally something that I recommend, but if you want a really fast fix, this’ll do it. So what I would do is right-click the taskbar, then here, I’m interested in the “Cascade windows” option, visible here. When selected, cascade windows is gonna make all windows appear, in this fashion, like a deck of cards, stacked. Like if I actually click past here, I can find the window that was stuck offscreen. So this could be a handy one-click solution, but prepare to re-organize your windows.

Hope this helps!

  • jellman

    open task manager, right click the process and select ‘maximize’ or ‘bring to front’. it always works whereas sometimes right clicking the taskbar item does nothing and it becomes impossible to recover the lost window unless one uses the task manager method.