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Word document always comes up on second monitor

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I have one Word doc open in the main monitor.  When I open a second Word doc it opens in the secondary monitor.  Not desirable.

I have tried moving the second doc to the main monitor but every time I open a second doc it goes to the secondary monitor.

The following procedure did not work.

This is a brute force approach - in your screen settings disable the second monitor.  Start Word and open the document that always appears on the second monitor.  It may only appear as a minimized document on your task bar.  Right-click the minimized document and select Restore.  The document should appear on your primary monitor. Save the document.

Restore the second monitor.

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I have two monitors and I find that Word will open to whichever monitor it was on when I last closed the LAST INSTANCE of it.

It will also decide to be Maximized or "Restored?" depending upon what state it was it when it was closed.

I know that there are window managers and/or video cards that can affect this.  They create an "affinity" for some applications on particular monitors.  Could you have that situation?

Brian Withun



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