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Discus and support Improve the launching of applications and the way Windows handles positioning in... in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; In a multi-monitor setup, an app can launch on any monitor. I'm using Visual Studio 2019 as an example here, but it happens to all applications. I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by b33rdy, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. b33rdy Win User

    Improve the launching of applications and the way Windows handles positioning in...


    In a multi-monitor setup, an app can launch on any monitor. I'm using Visual Studio 2019 as an example here, but it happens to all applications.


    I have three monitors, and launching VS meant that the app (the new open project/ clone or checkout window) opened on my primary monitor (where the mouse was) in the centre. Exactly where I'd expect it.


    A few minutes later (after installing an extension), I closed, waited for the installation, and re-opened.


    Only this time, it appears on a different monitor and behind other applications – my mouse, if that’s relevant, is still on the primary monitor. This behaviour is consistent in its inconsistency. In that the application can launch on seemingly any monitor.


    This has been a problem in Windows for years. And while it can appear to be a minor issue, it’s actually one of the biggest productivity issues lurking in Windows today.


    The reason is simple if you continue looking at other examples of poorly managed windows positioning.


    A multi-monitor setup made from DisplayPort monitors have a fundamental problem. From what I can gather, when a monitor goes into sleep mode it’s like it’s being unplugged. So, when the computer comes out of sleep mode, each – three in this case – monitors are seen as being freshly plugged in.


    This means that all of the applications that had been carefully positioned are now scattered across the monitor setup in a random order.

    Now as it turns out, due to the layout of the graphics cards, the monitors are physically ordered in position 2 - 1 - 3 according to Windows Display, with monitor 1 being the primary or main monitor.


    Now, when I have Slack snapped and taking 50% of monitor 2 and a snapped floating window from Visual Studio taking the remaining 50%. Visual Studio taking up all of monitor 1 and then browsers and command windows (cmder.net obviously!) and explorer etc on monitor 3 in various forms of floating window or maximised, when Windows returns from sleep this carefully curated suite of applications are randomised in their position and their size.


    Now I spend the time re-arranging everything back to how it was…how I’m productive. Only I need to do this every single time my computer sleeps. Every time I go for a coffee, answer the phone, talk to a colleague. Every single time.

    :)
     
    b33rdy, Apr 6, 2019
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  2. BrenoLuna Win User

    Suggestion: Launching multiple applications from the Start Menu

    Hi,

    First and foremost, I would rather have sent the note below directly to the Microsoft Support team for their deliberation. Once such communication channel could not be located, I'll have it publicly stated on this Community section.

    That said, I understand that, currently, a user willing to launch multiple applications from their Start Menu/Mosaic has to go through a two-step procedure, which must be repeated for each desired app: 1) bring up the Start Menu, and 2) click on the application
    icon to be launched.

    I believe the usability of the Windows 10 o.s. would be improved if the number of steps to achieve that goal was cut down. While there are many options to implement such improvement, my suggestion would be the hold down of the 'ctrl' key while clicking/tapping
    the application icons; each application would load in the background while the Start Menu remained visible to allow subsequent interaction. This approach seems intuitive enough, as it emulates the feature used on Desktop and File Explorer for selecting multiple
    files.

    With thanks for the attention and best regards,

    Breno
     
    BrenoLuna, Apr 6, 2019
    #2
  3. Can't launch any applications

    Hi,

    This error message will show if the application or program that you are trying to open was been blocked by Windows Defender SmartScreen. Having said that, we suggest that you disable Windows Defender SmartScreen by following these steps:

    • Click on Start.
    • Type Windows Defender Security Center.
    • Click on App & browser control.
    • Click on Off in the following options:
      • Check apps and files.
      • SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge.
      • SmartScreen for Windows Store apps.
    • SmartScreen is now completely disabled. If you'd like to still receive a warning when a potentially malicious file or program is detected, you can choose Warn in each SmartScreen option.

    Let us know if the steps above helped you to resolve the issue.
     
    Janeane Cru, Apr 6, 2019
    #3
  4. Improve the launching of applications and the way Windows handles positioning in...

    WD Mybook Application won't launch

    Hi James,

    Problem launching the WD MyBook application could be due to incompatibility or could be caused by a software conflict. Since you've already reached out to WD support, we would like to know the following to help us isolate and address the problem:

    • Were there any changes made or updates performed before the issue started?
    • What were the troubleshooting steps have you tried to far?
    • Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling the WD MyBook application?

    In the meantime, please try to disable the firewall and antivirus software on your computer. Once done, launch the WD application again and see if it works.

    Update us with the result.

    Regards.
     
    Vanessa Yar, Apr 6, 2019
    #4
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