Finding Hidden Dialogs in Windows 10

Published 01 May 2018 | Posted under TechTips

Some time ago I lost a dialog for an application. It slithered out of screen, well actually two screens. Apparently this is a problem that occurs when using dual monitors. If you have ever lost a window or dialog for an application using Windows 10, you’ve probably wondered how can I possibly find it. Well, you may probably find it by tabbing through the open applications using Alt + Tab but you might not be able to use your mouse pointer to grab the window and move it about. So, this is how I was able to catch the errant dialog.


Method one

  1. From the taskbar, click on the application.
  2. Press the Windows key + right or left arrow to snap the hidden dialog to the current screen.

Method two

  1. Press Alt + Space.
  2. Release the Alt key and Spacebar, then press M (this selects the Move menu item on the dialog).
  3. Use the left or right arrows to move the dialog into view on the current screen.

Any other suggestions are welcome.