How to move a window, when its title bar goes off screen, in Windows 8 | 7

On occasions it may have happened that the title bar of your open explorer window in Windows,  may have moved off screen,  ie. your window slides off the desktop, as a result of which you are unable to move the window with the help of your mouse pointer.

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Window title bar goes off screen

Here is a simple tip which will help you move the window in such situations.

Hold down Alt + Space-bar and then press the M key too. Let go all the keys.

Alternatively, you can also hold Shift down and right-click on the progragm’s icon in the taskbar, and select Move.

You will see your mouse cursor transform into a 4-way arrow and place itself over the window’s tite bar.

Now use the arrow keys of your keyboard to relocate or move the window.

Right-click the mouse when you have moved the Window and are done!

So simple !  smile How to move a window, when its title bar goes off screen, in Windows 8 | 7

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  • lordfiSh

    or: press Shift + RMB in the Program in the Taskbar and than Move ;)

  • Matt

    Doesn’t work for me unless I can get to the title bar of the window anyway. Tried on an explorer window, internet explorer and Outlook. Can’t just grab it anywhere and have it move.

  • Matt

    Oh wait…I’m stupid. Missed the bit about using the arrow keys. Nevermind. :-D
    I do have to LEFT-click to finish the move though. Right-click won’t do anything.

  • Windows Club

    It does work ;) tried it myself before posting.

  • Nathar Leichoz

    Or during the “use the arrow keys” stage, press any arrow key once then start moving the mouse and the window will jump to the mouse’s current position where ever it is.

  • Jim

    What do you do if the entire window is off the screen, and you can’t tell which way to nudge it with the arrows? I’ve seen some users who manage to consistently do this, although I don’t know how the window gets completely off screen.

  • Windows Club

    ^ I cant imagine that happening Jim. Tell me how … would love to try and see the options then ;)

  • Darren

    AWESOME Tip!
    I’m one of those who sometimes ends up with a window completely offscreen. It happens because I use a 2nd monitor with my laptop. When I disconnect the 2nd monitor and start up the laptop, some programs start up in the void where the 2nd monitor used to be.
    The Shift+RMB method didn’t work for one of my programs – move wasn’t an option in the menu. But the ALT+Space+M worked perfectly.
    Thank you!

  • steve healy

    really kul, thx

  • rud

    hey thanks man ….

  • Mat

    What about a window within a window? It is a taskbar that should be docked and has somehow managed to end up with its title bar off screen :( HELP!!

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  • Paulstelian97

    Whenever the whole window is off-screen, just press ANY of the arrow keys, and then just move the mouse. The window will follow:)

  • Bayu Murti

    Doesn’t work
    When I press Alt+Spacebar+M, it does nothing, tried to release the alt+spacebar first and it makes selection to Music folder (because it starts with M)
    Shift+RMB also doesn’t works, after click Move, pressing arrow in keyboard will move the selection instead of window.
    [File Explorer on Windows 8.1)

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