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Can I change where dialogue windows opens?

  1. #1


    Posts : 22
    Windows 7 home x64

    Can I change where dialogue windows opens?


    Hello everyone,

    I have a windows 8 desktop computer with 2 monitors attached. I can span the desk top across both screens. I use this for document editing, picture file, etc. No gaming. When I span a program across the 2 screens (say Xn View for my pictures) if a dialogue window comes up (say to save a picture), it usually comes up right in the middle of the desktop which is where the two screens meet. This makes it a little difficult to read and I end up dragging it to one side.

    This happens with many programs so I am looking for a windows solution instead of a program specific solution.

    Can I change where these dialogue windows come up? I really don't care which monitor they are centered on, just as long as they don't span the middle where the screens come together.

    Thanks
    -S

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    How are you spanning the desktop? There are two ways this is done. One method treats the desktop as one giant window, the other treats it as two windows. If you use the built-in Windows spanning then it will work correctly, but if you are using the spanning provided by your video card maker, it may be the other method.

    The other method is typically used for things like video games where you want to span a single window across the entire set of monitors, but the Windows method is used for when you want individual windows on each monitor.

    The spanned method, unless there's a solution provide by your driver vendor, has no solution.. because the OS thinks it's running on one monitor.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22
    Windows 7 home x64


    Thanks for the input.

    Under Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display\Screen Resolution I have selected the multiple displays option "Extend these displays". Is this the windows method? Can you tell me how to solve my problem?

    Thanks for the reply.
    -S
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    So you are manually stretching your window to span more than one screen? In that case, again, there's not much the OS can do since it only manages where top level windows appear. Dialogs are managed by the application, and if the application tells it to open the dialog centered to it's window, it does so, regardless of whether center is between two monitors or not.

    My understanding is that xn view has a multi-monitor mode though, so why don't you use that instead?
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