After opening an application, the program window may not be seen even though the program appears in the taskbar. This happens when the window opens outside of the view area of the monitor(s). There are a couple of ways to resolve this problem.

 First, try clicking the “Show Desktop” button a couple of times. This will often bring the open windows back onto the screen. In Windows 7, the “Show Desktop” button is cleverly hidden to the right of the clock/systray on the taskbar.

Show Desktop button - Windows 7

If you still can’t see the window then hold down SHIFT and right-click the application in the taskbar. (In XP you do not need to hold down shift.) You should get a menu with an option to “Move” the window. Click Move and use the arrow keys to position the application in the visible area of the screen. Once the window begins to appear on the screen you can then usually use the mouse to move the window.

Move missing windows onto screen

If the “Move” option is greyed-out, you’ll need to select “Restore” first. Once restore is selected, you should be able to move the window.



  1. WillieTaff

    This happened to me with one Windows 10 app. Following directions in this post allowed me to move the app back onto the desktop. Anyone know how this occurred? I have only one monitor and I have not messed with any multiple monitor settings.

  2. Benjamin

    With windows 10 you need to press shift and right click the application icon in the task bar to get the context menu for maximizing / restoring.

  3. catosmr

    Yes, this is a solution to restore the invisible document, but why is this happening at all? It’s totally annoying to open a document, wonder where the heck it is, and then have to right click, Restore to put it back where it should be all along.

  4. Shreekant

    I am not getting Move option here , only getting minimize & restore.
    After clicking restore then also not getting move option.

  5. Aditya

    Awesome!!! clicking on “Show Desktop” brought the application back to my screen. Worked like a charm. Thank you so much for the helpful post.

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