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Fix for multiple monitors with fullscreen games

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There’s a pretty annoying issue that happens in windows when you are playing a game in fullscreen on one monitor, and have a second (or third, fourth) monitor with other stuff open on it. If your game is playing at a resolution that is different than your normal desktop resolution on that monitor, everything gets all moved around on the other monitors.

To fix this, I wrote a tiny utility program which you can run before you start the game, and it fixes this behavior by calculating what the correct location should be for all your windows and moving them there. It’s useful if you like having IM windows open, notes or a web browser, etc. You can’t interact with those programs while you’re in the game, but at least you can *see* them (for example, if you have a strategy guide or map, etc open)

Of course, I’m not responsible for any damage this program does to your computer. I’ve tested it a fair amount, but it’s entirely possible somebody with an unusual setup could find a situation where you may lose a program’s window due to it being positioned in the wrong place.

Let me know if this is useful, I’ll try to improve it and turn it into a proper project.



Written by caustik

September 6th, 2010 at 4:28 am

Posted in Games,Programming

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3 Responses to 'Fix for multiple monitors with fullscreen games'

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  1. Excellent! I always experienced this exact problem. What I had to end up doing is running the game windowed and then maximize the window.


    6 Sep 10 at 9:05 pm

  2. not really… doing… anything… just hanging there in a cmd like window


    21 Apr 12 at 6:42 pm

  3. it doesn’t do anything until you go into fullscreen mode. and if you don’t have the problem to begin with, there will be nothing for it to fix.


    21 Apr 12 at 7:36 pm

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