How to Move or Resize an Off-Screen Window in Windows?

I'm sure you have faced this situation many times when a program window opens in a way that you can't see either its titlebar or the whole program window. Most of the times it happens when you close a full screen program like a game or movie.

I have faced this problem many times with Internet Download Manager (IDM). I think its a bug in IDM. Whenever I open IDM, each time its window automatically shifts a few pixels to the left side of screen. After many open and close operations, one moment comes when the whole program window disappears and moves off-screen. Sometimes you can only see its border as shown in following screenshot:


There is one more similar problem when a program window automatically moves a few pixels to the top of the screen which hides the window titlebar completely as shown in following screenshot:


In both situations, you can't move the program window as you need to click and hold the cursor on program titlebar and then you can move it on the screen by dragging the window.

So if you face such kind of problem in future, how will you fix it? How will you move or resize an off-screen window? Don't worry! Here is the solution.

Today in this tutorial, we'll tell you a very simple and easy to use trick to move and resize a program window which is not showing properly on screen or the window is too large and wide that you can't resize it.

There are 2 ways to move or resize an off-screen program window:

  • Using keyboard shortcut
  • Using mouse

METHOD 1: Using Keyboard Shortcut

You just need to press "ALT+SPACEBAR" keys together and it'll open the System Menu which shows minimize, maximize, restore, close, size and move options.

Once you get the menu, you can use arrow keys to go to the desired option and press Enter key.


For example, to move the window select "Move" option (or press m key to select the option) and then you can use arrow keys to move the program window to left, right, top or bottom.

Similarly, to resize a large and wide window, select "Size" option (or press s key to select the option) and then use arrow keys to resize it.

METHOD 2: Using Mouse

If you don't want to use keyboard shortcut, you can use your mouse to access system menu. Just right-click on the program button present in Taskbar. Windows 7 users will need to press SHIFT key while right-clicking on the program button otherwise it'll bring jumplist.


Right-clicking on the program button will show the same system menu and then you can click on the desired option but you'll still need to use arrow keys to move or resize the program window.

Have you faced such kind of problem in Windows? How did you fix it? Did you know this trick? Feel free to share your experience in your comment...

Share this article: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Reddit | Tell a friend

Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Other similar articles that may interest you


Leave a Comment