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For those of you out there that use dual monitor setups, you know what I’m talking about.  You go from dual-monitor setup to single-monitor, or maybe a different dual-monitor set up and you go to stand-by and when you come back up, a program is displaying on the wrong monitor.  You click and click the task bar and you see the little animation of the window going off the screen into no-man’s land. 

Sometimes you quit the program and restart it and it works, but other times the program tries to be smart and remembers it’s last location, so of course it STILL shows up way off the desktop, invisible to all but the little green men running the computer inside the system housing.

Well, here’s how to fix it WITHOUT having to quit the program.  Just right-click on the taskbar button and select “Move”.  Then, (here’s my little ingenius part) use your arrow keys on the keyboard to move it “back” to the main display.  For example, if when you click the taskbar button you notice that the window is opening up on some phantom left-side screen, use the right arrow keys.  Just hold them down until the window shows up.  If you don’t see “move” as an option, you might have to select “Restore” first.

application on wrong monitor?

Yay!  Ze application, she is visible! 

So, my question to you – do you use dual monitors?  Let me know in the comments.  I want to know if you’ve NEVER used it, or SOMETIMES used it, or if you’re like me and depend on it.

I can barely stand it when I have to work on one monitor.  This is most commonly experienced when I’m just on the laptop and am actually working in a mobile capacity.  Using just the built-in TrackPad or TrackPoint on the laptop is bad enough, so I frequently travel with a small mini-optical mouse.  When I’m only able to use the single laptop screen, I actually feel less productive.

At work and at home, my laptop is almost always connected to a 2nd monitor.  At work it’s a 21″ CRT through a D-View stand and at home it’s a 20″ flat panel. 

dual-monitor at work    dual-monitor at home

I really *really* like the D-View stand from Dell – it elevates the laptop off the desk and optionally makes the laptop monitor a usable screen, so you just need to use a single external monitor for full dual-monitor use.  And of course, when combined with the port replicator (aka dock) it gives you everything you need – USB, sound, monitor (VGA and DVI and svideo), network, modem, S/PDIF audio, parallel, serial, and PS2 ports.

D-View stand from Dell

That’s a sweet stand!  There’s actually quite a bit to be said for having your dual monitor setup horizontally aligned.  My home system has my laptop on the table and I actually use its keyboard (yeah, I know, I’ll reduce the life of the keyboard by doing this – really, I know.  I work in IT for a 500+ employee shop and we get plenty of keyboards back after a year or two that just get shnockered because of people banging away on them instead of using an external keyboard).

Since the left monitor at home (the 20″ flat panel) is so much higher, the orientation ends up looking like this:

Which is hard to get your hand-mouse coordination to get used to.  Plus it’s a little more difficult than you’d think to get your head to tilt up for the stuff on “that” monitor”.  I typically dedicate it to the Remote Desktops MMC, where I can control any of a hundred Windows servers at work or more

If you or anyone you know uses Remote Desktops to control Windows servers and you control more than 5 or so, get the AdminPak 2003 from Microsoft and run the remote desktop MMC control panel.  It lets you make a ton of listings on the left and as you click on them, it opens up the remote desktop window in the large main pane.  It sure beats the heck out of trying to have multiple remote desktop windows open.  Hint: once you install it, you can run it by running “tsmmc.msc” or make a shortcut to it.  Then fill it out.  I have other suggestions and tips on how to use this if you want to know more.

Plus, the Remote Desktops MMC lets you connect “to the console” meaning you get a 3rd remote connection without having to pay for Terminal Server licenses.  Normally a Windows 2000 or 2003 server only lets two (2) remote sessions be active at the same time, even if one or both are active-but-disconnected.  You get a 3rd one called “console” if you use the MMC version of remote desktop, letting you bypass the 2-remote-session limit and connecting directly to the console.


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