Can't move Microsoft Edge back from right hand side of screen?

External Issue #5380754


Nov 9, 2015
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Steps to reproduce


Repro Steps:

To reproduce: 1. open an Edge screen 2. move the window towards the RHS of the screen 3. open up ‘new tabs’ from the edge browser, until you can only see tabs along the top of the screen - then try and get the Edge browser window back into the centre of the screen?

To ensure it can be reproduced you need show only perhaps 10% of the window on the RHS, if you show more there is a very small area of perhaps 10 pixels which is available to you to drag, but if you show less then there appears to be nothing you can select to drag the window back on?

Expected Results:

There needs to be an area of the LHS of the screen to the left of the tabs which you can click on to ‘drag select’ - I currently can’t spot such an area?

Actual Results:

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    • When it happens to you this is a real light bulb moment. I was troubleshooting some code and had several browsers open, each running several tabs. Somehow I must have moved edge to the right and maybe opened another tab I don’t know but all of a sudden, no way to drag the window back.

      You’ve only got two of us highlighting it to you - but trust me when it happens to users they will think ‘how on earth could someone design something so stupid?’

      When it happened to me last night under pressure I certainly was not praising the design of MS edge. I hope someone gives it some thought.



    • Today for the first time in Windows 10 my Edge browser window did the same thing as mentioned above and on another Microsoft web page: I parked the Edge window against the left side of my far left screen (of three monitors) and thereafter couldn’t move it. Neither were tabs visible anymore. The window took up about 80% to 90% of the screen. Clicking the top-most pixel of the Edge window at the top of the address bar didn’t work either, as mentioned above. Nothing I did would move the screen, including alt-spacebar and selecting move (as mentioned in another Microsoft help page). But when I clicked on the lower right corner of the window so the resizing arrow appeared, and then shrank the window so that it was about 4" x 4" (scrunched up in the top-left corner of the monitor’s screen), suddenly the tabs appeared again. I resized the Edge window back to the size I wanted it, and then successfully moved it to another monitor. Problem solved (for now)! This is a bug. It will not go away until someone spends an inordinate amount of time chasing it down.

    • The ALT-Space, [M]ove trick certainly works in this case - just as it has for years in Microsoft Windows. But, guys - this really needs to stop happening. It’s been literally decades and this still occasionally plagues people. There is no reason for Window controls to go completely off screen.

      In my experiences as a Network Administrator supporting users, this happens more to people that are connecting/disconnect to external monitors than others.

      There is no way that a majority of users remember or are remotely aware of the ALT-Space [M]ove trick. They shouldnt have to be. This problem should have been addressed decades ago.

      If Edge is the only browser on their computer, then they have no recourse but to request help. They cant open a new window, because Edge will keep opening new windows off-screen.

      This is a waste of time and resources.

    • Hello,

      Thank you for providing this information about the issue. We have confirmed the problem, and we are working on a solution for a future build of Edge. We are presently tracking this issue as a duplicate of an existing internal bug report. We look forward to additional feedback you may have on how we can improve Microsoft Edge.

      Best Wishes,
      The MS Edge Team

    • So, why is this so difficult to FIX?

    • I agre with Michael E. above. Youguys have been making windows for decades now and the old versions solved this problem very easily. Why is it your company is reinventing things that didn’t need to be fixed? I also used to be able to right click the icon on the taskbar and select "move". Also the ,alt. method works, but you guys have removed the windows and the tiny helper icon in the top left corner of your window. I think you deliberately make your product worse with each release and remove all the features that were intended to make it user friendly. Pfft. I just lost a half an hour because I have multi monitors and switching monitors on/off etc. caused a EDGE window to be well off screen with no window handle available to grab with the mouse. Even closing and reopening the darn thing restored the window right back offscreen. Do you guys not know how to find the valid desktop extents when you initialize a window? I’ll give you a hint, it used to be very easily done in the OnInitializeWindow() function. argh!!! so frustrating!!!

    • Edge needs a title bar, like a normal window. I almost always have many tabs open and that leaves me with just a tiny little space on the right to grab the window if I need to move it. I get that moving the tabs to the edge of the window plays up the name of the browser but it’s not cool enough that I’m willing to forego actual useful functionality.

    • You can also use the “set these tabs aside” second button on the right side of the title bar, this lets you hide all tabs and then move/drag the window. Restore the tabs using the “tabs you’ve set aside” button first button on the right side of the title bar.

      1. Firefox Spectrum (my current default) has the option to configure (add) an empty square on the left of all the tabs and the option to a a thin space above all the tabs. Very efficient.
      2. The Edge back arrow HAS to be reconfigured to show all past page history for the associated tab. kinda like… "duh". So simple, like wheels on luggage.

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