TROUBLESHOOTING: Grabbing headless windows

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 13 Feb. 2013 / Last Updated on 13 Feb. 2013]

How to gain control over a window whose title bar is beyond the top of your monitor screen.

PROBLEM: You're using Windows and you open a program from the Start menu. The window for the program opens, but for some strange reason the window is positioned so high on your desktop that the title bar portion of the window is beyond the top of your monitor screen. How can you drag the window back down so you can work with it properly?

RESOLUTION: If you're using Windows 7, simply hold down the Windows key and press either the right or left Arrow keys to dock the window to one side of your screen, then resize the window in the normal way. Note that this doesn't work with a few built-in applications like Calculator. For all other versions of Windows (and including Windows 7) you can right-click on the Taskbar and select Cascade Windows.

Mitch Tulloch is a eight-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  This tip was excerpted from his new book Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Training Guide published by Microsoft Press which is available from Amazon.  For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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