Chrome Broweser Goes “Off Screen” Fixed/Resolved

Chrome Browser Gone Off Screen Fixed/ResolvedUPDATE (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.

I was in the middle of writing a post today when suddenly, the Chrome Browser went “off screen.” I could see the browser’s taskbar button, and clicking it put it into an “active” state, but did not bring back the A.W.O.L. brower window. Repeatedly clicking the taskbar activated an animation that fleetingly crossed the screen and disappeared beyond the screen edge, to the right in my case.

I remembered this happening once before, a couple of years ago – here is how to deal with it:

  1. Press Alt + Space: This opens the the “Window Menu.”
  2. Choose “move” either by clicking on the option if you can see the menu, or by hitting the “M” key.
  3. 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.
  4. Drag the browser to the desired position.
  5. 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.)
  6. Re-open you browser and proceed normally.
    • 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!

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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