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Make programs open in monitor previously closed on

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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8

    Make programs open in monitor previously closed on


    Is there a way to make Windows 8 remember what screen you closed a program on and open it in that window? Right now, I have most of the stuff I open pinned to the task bar. How it opens now is what ever monitor I click on the program in, it opens it in that monitor. I understand the logic on that, but I was wondering if there was a way to make programs always open on a specific monitor. I.e. I always have outlook on my monitor clear to the left, visual studio in the middle, and my browser on the right. Is there a way to force those programs to always open on that monitor, regardless of which task bar I click on?

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    Are we talking about only one monitor or are you using more than one monitor? I don't know of any way natively with 8 to do this with just one monitor. I know there are 3rd party apps like Multimon and Disply Fusion that you can force what app opens on what monitor but you have to have more than one monitor.
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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Sorry, yes, I have 3 monitors. If I have to install some third party thing to make it work, then I'll just get myself trained to click on the right icon, on the right monitor. I just wanted to save some mouse movement if I could, always about the efficiency!
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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Don't take this as it will always work this way, but what I do is open the app and then place it on one of my three monitors then close. Then when I reopen the app it appears on the monitor I set it up on. Now that works with about 90% of my desktop apps. In fact the only two that give me problem is iTunes and Firefox, and that is all the time. . .
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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Figured out my problem. I had to go to the properties of the task bar and set show taskbar buttons on to taskbar where window is open. Now, my pinned programs only show on the main taskbar and when I open them, they show up on the proper screen
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Make programs open in monitor previously closed on
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