Fix App Window hiding on a Disconnected Secondary Screen (Windows)

This quick tutorial explains how you can fix the hiding App window when a secondary screen is disconnected.

Fix App Window hiding on a Disconnected Secondary Screen (Windows)

If you are reading this, you've found yourself in a situation where an application window seems to hide when a secondary monitor is disconnected. Super Perplexing I know.

The worst part is we can't stop using multiple displays considering how useful they are for productivity and a more immersing experience. For this reason, we are going to fix the issue once and for all.

The Problem

The reason why app windows will hide when a secondary screen is disconnected is some applications remember their last position. So if the last position was on the disconnected monitor, that is where it will open from when you try to open it. To fix this, we have to tell our computer not to remember where an app position was.

The Solution

1. Change Display Settings

This is the easiest solution if you still have the monitor is to reconnect it and Windows will automatically adjust the application to fit the visible screen. You can then move the app to your primary screen and disconnect after.

This however, does not solve the problem permanently. To fix it permanently, follow the steps below.

  • Press win + I to open the settings window.

  • Select System on the left pane of the settings window.

  • On the system settings, choose Display as shown below.

    Img 1.png

  • Select the secondary display on this Display settings and on the Multiple display dropdown, uncheck Remember window locations based on monitor connection.
    Img 2.png

  • When done, change the mode from Extend these displays to Show only on 1.

    This will switch to your Primary monitor and everything will show on that monitor.

2. Use Keyboard Shortcuts

If you don't have the secondary monitor with you, you can use keyboard shortcuts to move the App window to your active screen. Here is how to do that.

  • Select the hiding app from your taskbar. Ensure that the Apps icon is selected as shown below.

    Img 3.png

  • Once it is selected, press Alt + Space keys on your computer.

  • Next, press the M key on your keyboard to select the Move Option. You can also select it using your mouse.

  • Once selected, use your arrow keys to move it to where you want. If the secondary monitor was to the left, use the Right Arrow to move it to the active screen and vice versa. You can hold down on the keys to move the window faster.

That is it. If method one fails, method 2 will definitely get it.

Thank you for reading and I hope you were able to fix the issue.

Until next time. Peace

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