Windows 11

How to Recover Hidden or Offscreen Windows on Windows 11

A comprehensive guide on how to recover hidden or offscreen Windows


If you have ever minimized a window and afterward cannot find it, or if a window just goes hidden or offscreen for unknown reasons, you know firsthand how frustrating this can be. However, you are not alone in this dilemma as many other Windows users have complained about this issue.

This problem often happens when you have an external monitor which may continue to run even after you stop using it. Regardless of the cause, this guide will provide you with some solid steps to take for you to overcome this problem. Without further delay, let’s get into it.

1. Temporarily adjust your screen’s resolution

Occasionally, windows that are hidden or offscreen may be lurking just outside of your visible screen’s border. In these situations, adjusting your screen’s resolution will fix the problem. Follow the steps below to do this.

  1. Launch the problematic application, then right-click on an empty area on your desktop, and select Display settings.
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  2. Next, choose Advanced display.
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  3. Choose the Display resolution option, then select a different value.
  4. Doing this should allow you to view any hidden or off-screen window.
  5. After doing this, set the screen resolution to its previous value.

2. Make use of the move option

Another great way to resolve this problem is by using the move option. Doing this is quite simple. Simply follow the instructions below.

  1. Long press the Shift key, right-click on the problematic app and choose Move.
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  2. Use the arrow buttons to adjust and place the app in the required position.
  3. Once it is in the right spot, click on your mouse.

3. Make use of the Ctrl+Alt+Tab keys

The Ctrl+ Alt+Tab is a great combo that can help fix this issue. By following the steps below, you should be able to find any hidden or off-screen window.

  1. Press Ctrl+ Alt+Tab simultaneously on your keyboard.
  2. Use the arrow keys to locate the required application, then hit Enter.
  3. Press Alt + Space + M. simultaneously to convert your cursor to the move pointer.
  4. Finally use the arrow keys to move the app to the right position, then press Enter.

4. Make use of the Windows and Shift keys

The Windows + Shift command provides another easy way to recover hidden or offscreen Windows on your Windows 11 device. Check out the instructions below to learn how to use this command.

  1. Click on the required application icon on your taskbar.
  2. Hold the Windows + Shift keys simultaneously, then use the arrow keys to expand the app to one-half of your screen.
  3. Doing this should provide you with options like the minimize and maximize buttons. Simply use the maximize button to restore the hidden window.

5. Extend display via Settings

You can extend your display via settings to recover hidden or offscreen Windows. The steps below will show you how to do this.

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows + I keys simultaneously.
  2. Navigate to the System tab on the left pane, then select Display on the right.
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  3. In the next window, click Identify, then choose the Extend these displays option.
  4. After doing this, check to see if the hidden Windows have been restored.

Wrapping things up

The steps outlined in this guide should help you recover any hidden or offscreen Windows on your device. Ensure to carefully follow these steps to get the best result. If you have further questions, reach out to us via the comment section below.

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