Nvidia Dual-Display Window Issue Resolution
Included below are three methods for resolving issues with windows
appearing "off-screen" when they are started.
Because each application may be written differently to handle multiple
screens and many applications are not fully tested with two monitors
each application may respond differently.
1) Cascade all open applications into
2) Set the Nvidia Desktop Manager to
display all applications in the
center of one display
3) Disable your second monitor so that
only one monitor is used
4) Change your primary monitor to the
monitor on the left.
1) Cascade all open applications into one display
1a) Left-click the "NVIDIA Settings"
icon in your taskbar, next to the clock
1b) Left-click "nView Desktop Manager"
you see two options: "nView Profiles" and "nView Properties"
"nView Profiles" and proceed to step 1c)
If you see eight options including "nView Desktops" and "Send Windows
1c) Left-click "nView Profiles"
and then Left-click "default"
This will take about six seconds to
start the nVidia Desktop Manager
1d) Now that the nVidia Desktop Manager is running we can send all the
open windows to one display.
Left-click the "NVIDIA Settings" icon again, next
to the clock.
1e) Left-click the "nView Desktop
1f) Left-click "Send Windows to"
Left-click "Display 1"
1g) Done. All of your open windows applications should now be cascaded
onto your first display:
2) Set the Nvidia Desktop Manager to display all applications in the
center of one display
2a) Left-click on the "NVIDIA
Settings" icon on the taskbar next to the clock
2b) Left-click "nView Desktop Manager"
Left-click "nView Properties"
2c) The following window will appear.
Left-click the "Windows" category tab at the top of
2d) The following window will be displayed
windows from opening off-screen"
"Enable window spanning across multiple displays"
Select "Open windows on:" "Display 2"
Select "Snap window edges by:" "20 pixels"
Select "Repositioning dialog boxes on:" "Move to display 2"
dialog box on display"
These options will tell all Windows XP compliant
applications to open
their associated windows in the center of display 2
3) Disable your second monitor so that only one monitor is used
This option is not recommended, but may work if all other options fail.
3a) Right-click on the windows wallpaper
Left-click on "Properties"
3b) The following window will appear (Same as Control Panel ->
Left-click on the "Settings" category tab at the top
of the window
3c) The following window is displayed
Left-click on the large number "2"
3d) You now have the option to De-select
"Extend my Window desktop onto this monitor"
This option will disable your second
monitor and display applications to one window.
4) Change your primary monitor to the monitor on the left.
This option will often leave your monitors in an unusable state and is
It is recommended that your systems administrator make this change in
the event you need
to power off your computer in order to reboot.
4a) Follow the instructions above for Option 3a) - 3d)
You may need to press the "-" button next to the "+" and power button
on your monitor
to display to the second monitor which may go blank.
Change your Primary monitor to the monitor on the left by Left-clicking
the large number "2"
and then selecting "Use this device as the primary monitor"