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Fix Stickies' location after removing external monitor Apps
If you use Stickies (and are using 10.3 or newer) and have them display on a larger, external monitor with your Powerbook or iBook, you may have issues if you remove the external monitor. The next time you go to use your Stickies, you may find that they have moved off-screen (that is, they still believe that you have the other, larger monitor attached).

Fixing this is simple, but it takes several steps which have to be completed in the order shown. If someone knows a better way, feel free to post it, but be sure to test that it actually solves the problem rather than "It should work this way" -- as I tried some of those, and they didn't actually work for me.
  1. Quit Stickies.app (when you see some are off-screen)
  2. Resize the resolution of your PowerBook/iBook
  3. Launch Stickies.app (this gets them to notice that the resolution has changed)
  4. Quit Stickies (this saves the position relative to the current screen size)
  5. Resize the resolution back to "normal"
  6. Restart stickies
After doing all of this, the Stickies should now be on-screen. I suspect this is a bug in the Stickies app (they should recognize when the external monitor has been removed, or when the monitor is resized while the app is running), but this workaround has worked for me.
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Fix Stickies' location after removing external monitor
Authored by: azguy on Sep 09, '05 10:45:58AM

Here's an even easier method (I just ran into this yesterday):

Open Stickies
Go to Window -->
Arrange By -->
Take your pick.



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Fix Stickies' location after removing external monitor
Authored by: luomat on Sep 10, '05 01:32:08AM

That's fine if you don't mind losing your positioning.

I have my Stickies grouped as I want them, and don't want to use Arrange to muck that up.



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Fix Stickies' location after removing external monitor
Authored by: magir on Sep 09, '05 12:18:15PM

If you press option and go to the windows menu the "Zoom" options turn into "arrange" - you should be able to use that as well.

(btw: this works in most applications)



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Fix Stickies' location after removing external monitor
Authored by: JimMueller on Sep 09, '05 01:23:43PM

I suspect both the above fixes are Tiger-only.

Stickies' Window menu in 10.3.9 does not have Arrange> as an option no matter what key(s) I hold down before or after the mouse-click.



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Fix Stickies' location after removing external monitor
Authored by: trythis on Sep 09, '05 04:30:15PM

At least through Panther, whenever I simply unplugged my extended desktop monitor, everything that was on the extended desktop before would be out of the LCD screen's view. To regain access to those items, I simply go to System Preferences -> Displays, and click on "Detect Displays". This refreshes the setup and all the content from the extended desktop will then create a glorious clutter on my LCD screen. To make it even easier, choose to show displays in the menu bar, and you can activate the "Detect Displays" option without having to launch System Prefs. Hope this helps.




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Fix Stickies' location after removing external monitor
Authored by: maczac on Sep 09, '05 04:34:35PM

This just isn't a Stickies problem. Several apps have difficulties when a 2d monitor is removed. This has been an OS X issue since the beta. Sometimes you have to go and trash the apps pref file. It is a real pain, and I suspect is a combination of apps not recognizing that there are external monitors no longer connected, or the OS not properly communicating that fact.

Zac

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zac



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Fix Stickies' location after removing external monitor
Authored by: mayo2ca on Sep 09, '05 05:46:54PM

I don't have second/larger monitor handy, but I think Window>Zoom works as well (at least it did for me back in 10.2)

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Fix Stickies' location after removing external monitor
Authored by: readparse on Sep 20, '05 08:42:06PM

Well, this is certainly better than the solution that I came up with. Mine requires Exposť and therefore Panther or better. It works but it's more labor intensive. I used the Exposť F10 (show all windows of current application) feature, which brings all of the stickies onscreen. Then select the one I want and, even though it goes offscreen, I know it's selected. Then I use command-A (select all) and command-C (copy), then command-W (close). Then I make a new sticky and paste the contents into it.

Lather, rinse, repeat -- until all the off-screen stickies have been replaced.

Before anybody *censored*es about this, by the way, I already conceded that this hint is way better than my old resolution (pun fully intended). But I'm still impressed at my ingenuity and resourcefulness :)



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Fix Stickies' location after removing external monitor
Authored by: ralutherjr on Sep 19, '06 02:25:40PM

I just experienced the problem of dissappearing stickies as a result of connecting an external dsiplay. I am running 10.3.9 In the case of one of the stickies it went under the menu bar with enough sticking out that I could see it was there, but couldn't drag it out. The others had hidden under the dock and were easy to get at. I tried most of the things, before reading this Fix, that responders proposed without success. loumat's fix did work! Thank you.



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