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How do I force a program to open on a second monitor?

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I'm currently using a dual monitor setup for my laptop and I'm wondering how/if I can force programs to open on the second monitor.

Usually the way I have done this in the past is to open a program, drag it to the second monitor and then usually once I close it, the program will remember what screen it was on before.

What I'm wondering is if there is any tag that I can throw on the end of the program shortcut to force it to open in the second monitor. To give you an example:

I can force Warcraft 3 to open in "Window Mode" by adding a "-window" tag to the end of the shortcut.

Normal Shortcut:
Target: "C:\Program Files\Warcraft 3\WC3.exe"

To force it into Window Mode (Non-fullscreen):
Target: "C:\Program Files\Warcraft 3\WC3.exe" -window

Is there an option that I can use that would force the shortcut to open in monitor 2? Something like "-monitor 2" or something like that?

I would also be open to using third party software if there is any available that allows me to manage where an application opens by default.
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You need a utility that remembers the windows position. It depends on your card. Nvidia call this Nview technology and you have to activate on the driver preferences.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/feature_nview.html
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for ati cards it is called, hydravision. It is usually a separate download.

http://ati.amd.com/products/hydravision/index.html

Both techs are free, but usually only in more recent cards. Nvidia's usually comes with the driver but sometimes it is a separate download.
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How this programs work is that you put the windows and dialog popups where you want them (ie on the second monitor) and you tell the program to remember the position. Next time you open it it will go to the second monitor.
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by:TXCHEX07
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I am curious about this as well.  I work for a hospital and we have HP Business desktops that use onboard Intel Video cards and the software that goes with.  Is there a utility from Intel that does this? or possibly, is there a generic utiltiy that will allow this to work?

Also, I would need this configuration "Saved" and then installed on many workstations for config purposes.
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