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Win 10 - How can I get windows sizes and positions to be retained?

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by K1APJ, May 16, 2021.

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  1. K1APJ

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    Excuse me in advance if the answer is obvious, but is there a way to force Win 10 to remember the size/position of application windows? Or is it application-dependent?

    Some applications seem to keep their position indefinitely. others always open in the same inconvenient location, and some seem to follow no pattern.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. G8FXC

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    It's up to the individual application to remember such things - if it chooses to do so. Windows does not get involved in such things.

    Martin (G8FXC)
  3. K1APJ

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    I asked a direct question and got a direct answer with no dissenting voices!

    Thank you for your succinct response!
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  4. W5UAA

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    I love it when things like this happen in an internet forum! I'll thank you too Martin!
  5. G8FXC

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    It can be a bit of a double-edged sword, you know! I recently had an application on my PC which remembered its window size and position and somehow managed to store values that were completely off the screen - I had the devil's own job to get it to display again... There is something convenient about a well implemented application that remembers such things, but one that simply reopens in the middle of the screen can be safer!

    Martin (G8FXC)
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  7. K7MEM

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    I handle some of the window positioning problem by never actually shutting down my computer. The exception, of course, is for updates. There are are group of applications that I always use, and they are positioned where I want them. So when I am done using the computer for the day, I just put it to sleep. When I am ready to work again, I just hit the power button. In 15-20 seconds, I'm ready to go. Everything is where I left them.

    This works with my W10 systems and my XP system. With the XP system, I use a wireless keyboard and mouse. When I put it to sleep, I turn off the keyboard and mouse. When I'm ready to run again, I just turn on the keyboard and mouse, and hit the ESC key. Everything comes back up, all by itself.

    The "off the screen" issue has been a issue for a very long time. I have a Windows 3.1 system where you can lose a window off screen. At work, we use to use the issue to hide some of our work from prying eyes. The only problem I ever had was, realizing that the app wasn't broken. It was just off the screen.
  8. AJ4WC

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    There is a setting in W-10 that will capture your existing setup and restore it after booting.

    Sorry I can’t remember what it’s called, but search in settings. It wasn’t hard to find and definitely worth searching for. I think I found it by Google.

    I have a bunch of applications running that are restored each time, including 4 tabs in IE, timefudge, HRD, HRD logbook, WSJT and WSJT Alert, etc.

    It's a huge time saver and I don’t have to burn up PCs by leaving them on 24/7 when I only use them in the evening and on weekends.
  9. KP4SX

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    Are you dumping caches at every shutdown?
  10. N7EKU

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    Used to be you could hold down the shift key and then click-close the window and Windows would remember that size and position next time you opened it. Maybe it still works?


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