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An AppleScript to move all windows to the main display
Authored by: billclinton on Oct 23, '07 02:22:20PM

Apple's window manager has a number of bugs (especially related to having two monitors in a vertical orientation as is common with laptops) but I don't think leaving windows unreachable is one of them. I'm curious to know under what circumstances this happens. Usually, such windows that would otherwise be offscreen get moved to the remaining connected screen at least partially.

I would swear that OS X has deteriorated in this respect. It seems to me that with OS 9, disconnecting a monitor would move all of the windows that were completely displayed on the disconnected monitor to the remaining monitor, and windows that were split stayed put. For the windows that were moved upon disconnecting a monitor, they resumed their previous places when the second monitor is reconnected.

That is all shot to hell with OS X--disconnect and reconnect a monitor and your windows are all over the place. At least with vertically-oriented monitors.



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An AppleScript to move all windows to the main display
Authored by: JonLaliberte on Oct 23, '07 06:48:00PM

It would be nice if this were the case. Unfortunately even applications such as DVD Player will not properly handle this situation. I believe if you leave the window on an external display and disconnect it after DVD player has quit, when DVD Player relaunched it will leave the window off screen still as well.

Indeed, OS X's handling of multiple displays leaves something to be desired.



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