Chrome Broweser Goes “Off Screen” Fixed/Resolved

Chrome Browser Gone Off Screen Fixed/Resolved

UPDATE (July 11, 2013): I was asked the following as a response to this post: “How do you click the chrome screen if it isn’t even on the screen.” Fair question. Answer: If you’re on a Windows machine, use the key combination ALT+TAB till you are positioned on “Chrome” (and there’s probably an equivalent action for other machines.) You won’t see the window, but it will now be the “active” window. From there follow the instructions in the post.

  • Follow the instructions at the top of the post (in the July 11th, 2013 update, in maroon) in order to make the Chrome browser the “active” window before continuing with the next step.
  • Press Alt + Space: This opens the the “Window Menu.”
  • Choose “move” either by clicking on the option if you can see the menu, or by hitting the “M” key.
  • Hit one of the “arrow” keys, the one with a direction opposite to where your browser window has gone (mine went to the right, so I hit the “left arrow” key) enough times until you can see the enough of the browser to be able to drage it.
  • Drag the browser to the desired position.
  • Close the browser (this is important in order to ensure that this new position of the browser is saved and will be the position of the browser the next time you open it. Skipping this step means that the last saved position is “off screen”. Should the brower close improperly, it will re-open in the last saved position, that is “off screen” and this procedure will need to be repeated.)
  • Re-open you browser and proceed normally.
    1. I’ve been trying to fix this all day. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Whats ridiculous is how many posts there are on this topic, not that I could read any of the right side of them. Thanks again!!!!

    2. Thanks for the tip. Works for me and fixed this issue. But I do have a suggestion. Step 0 should be:

      0. Press Alt + Tab (repeat) until Chrome browser is selected so it becomes the “active” window despite that you still cannot see it.

      • Hi King!

        So glad this helped you!

        Funny you should mention, I added an update to the top of the post incorporating the info you suggested back in July of 2013. However, your comment has made me realize that because of the plethora of information we come across on a daily basis, we have developed the tendency to scan for and find the main gist of an article only, and it appears the manner in which I added the info is not conducive to this practice. Thus, I will add a step “0” pointer to this info!

        Thanks for alerting my attention to the matter!!!

    3. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 3 days of using IE due to Chrome disappearing, and I was about ready to throw the computer out the window! Worked first time, easy as, now to bookmark your page (in IE of course) in case it happens again. Genius :)

      • Frank, when you say “the menu opens up,” do you mean the menu that gives you the window options such as “move” “minimize” etc?

        If that is the case, it is at that point that you use your keyboard’s directional arrows to pull Chrome’s window back into the visible screen area, i.e., if it disappeared to the right, use the “left” arrow repeatedly until you see the window (or whichever other arrow is opposite to the direction the Chrome window disappeared off screen to.)

    4. Worked like a charm for me, thank you sir. Last time it happened to me I had to force close chrome and pray that my window wasn’t at least so far off screen the next time.

    5. Thank you Dave for this easy fix. This happened to me 2 days ago and I had no idea how to fix it. With your easy instructions I was able to fix right away. Thanks again!

    6. I wanted to thank you for such a simple solution to the problem. It drives me crazy when things stop working the way they should all of a sudden, and you can’t figure out how to fix it!
      thank you again

      • Hi Dave, If you’re on a Windows machine, use the key combination ALT+TAB till you are positioned on “Chrome.” You won’t see the window, but it will now be the “active” window. From there follow the instructions in the post.

        Actually, that’s a good question and I will add the info to the post for completeness. Thanks for pointing this out!

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