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Make Application Open on the Monitor it was Launched From?

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dsb9938
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I frequently have something going, say in a browser, and want to open another window on a different monitor to do something else at the same time.

If I go to a different monitor and open the browser it pops to whatever monitor the current instance is already on.

Any way to make it stay where I opened it?

Thanks
Dec 18, 2016  • #1
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
If you pin the browser to the taskbar on the second monitor, it will open on that monitor when you use that shortcut. You can pin it by opening the browser on the second monitor, then right-clicking its taskbar button on the second monitor and choosing "Pin this Program to Taskbar."

Hope that helps!
Dec 20, 2016  • #2
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dsb9938
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Okay, that worked, but I was looking for a more general thing to make anything I run on a monitor, stay on that monitor.

If this isn't a thing I can survive it. Just something that makes sense. You go to a certain monitor to run something, you expect it to run there, lol.

Thanks.
Dec 22, 2016  • #3
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Ah I see. There isn't really a way to "lock" an open window to a monitor. If we're able to add something like that in the future I'll be sure to let you know.

Thanks!
Dec 22, 2016  • #4
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dsb9938
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I think you misunderstand me. Three monitors. Firefox open on monitor two (center one.)
Want to see something on a different site at the same time, making a tab the wrong choice.
Click start button on monitor 3 click Firefox.
Firefox opens on monitor 3, then jumps to monitor 2 because that's where Firefox is already running.

I want it to stay on monitor 3.
Dec 23, 2016  • #5
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Ah ok, thanks for the clarification! After clicking Firefox from the Start menu on monitor 3, are you keeping the mouse on monitor 3 until it's launched, or moving it back to monitor 2 before Firefox is visible?
Dec 23, 2016  • #6
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dsb9938
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Keeping the mouse on the desired monitor has no effect if Firefox is already open on another monitor. If it isn't, the app opens in the correct place.
Dec 25, 2016  • #7
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Ok, which version of Windows are you running?
Dec 29, 2016  • #8
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dsb9938
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Windows 7, the last good one they made. They'll have to pry it from my cold dead CPU.
Dec 29, 2016  • #9
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Haha, nice

On the Settings > Window Management tab, can you try enabling the "Move newly opened application windows to the current monitor" option?
Dec 30, 2016  • #10
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dsb9938
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Already had it on, also tried with the 'only star menu' option.
Dec 30, 2016  • #11
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Could you attach a copy of your DisplayFusion troubleshooting info? Here are the steps:
  • Open the Settings > Troubleshooting tab
  • Click the "Copy to Clipboard" button
  • Paste the text into a text file (please don't paste the text directly into your reply, the formatting gets garbled and makes it difficult to parse)
  • Reply with the file attached
Jan 4, 2017  • #12
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dsb9938
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As requested.
• Attachment [protected]: DisplayFusion.txt [93,139 bytes]
Jan 5, 2017  • #13
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Thanks! Everything looks ok there. Could you send me a debug log? Here are the steps:
  • On the Troubleshooting tab, change the Logging drop-down to "L2: Log Detailed" and click Apply
  • Reproduce the issue and note the time so we'll know where to check in the log file
  • Send us the DisplayFusion.log and DebugInfo.html files (can be found by clicking the Open Log button on the Troubleshooting tab)
  • Disable debug logging after sending the log
Jan 10, 2017  • #14
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dsb9938
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Opened Firefox from the far left monitor start button at 17:48, it opened on the far right monitor, where a window already existed.
• Attachment [protected]: DebugInfo.html [142,759 bytes]
• Attachment [protected]: DisplayFusion.log [354,030 bytes]
Jan 13, 2017  • #15
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sandmann
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A quick Google search will answer your question:

<quote>
You can use the -no-remote command line option to start a new Firefox process that is invisible to the first process. [1] By using -no-remote along with the -P option to select a different profile, you can open multiple instances of Firefox at the same time, using separate profiles.

Opening a new instance of Firefox with another profile - MozillaZine

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Opening_a_new_instance_of_Firefox_with_another_profile

<endquote>

Also try:

http://www.filecritic.com/how-to-run-multiple-instances-of-firefox-at-the-same-time/
Jan 15, 2017  • #16
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@dsb9938: Is the Trigger rule set to "Once-Per-Process-ID" or "Always?" If it's not already set to Always, can you try that?
Jan 16, 2017  • #17
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dsb9938
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What trigger rule?
Jan 19, 2017  • #18
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Ah, my bad! I must have day-dreamed asking you to try a Trigger rule

Can you try creating a rule on the Settings > Triggers tab like the one in the attached screenshot?

Thanks!
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Jan 19, 2017  • #19
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dsb9938
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Sorry for the delay, I had to move.

That worked. However, now, when I close a window, the next window to go active moves to the monitor the mouse is on, lol.

I corrected it by adding the "Once per window" condition.

Thanks again for the help!
Feb 18, 2017  • #20
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No worries, glad I could help!
Feb 22, 2017  • #21
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Art Vandelay
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Hey guys

I stumbled on this thread and was curious if there was a way to "lock" the window sizing when displayed on the monitor?

For instance on one of my monitors I use it as a "quick glance control center" with my LogMeIn client and RingCentral app on top of each other sharing the screen at 50% each. (They take up say 500 pixels wide and then divide the height by 50%)
Sep 8, 2017  • #22
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Art Vandelay, of Vandelay Industries?

I'm not 100% sure what you mean by locking the window. Are you wanting to prevent it from being re-sized and/or moved?
Sep 9, 2017  • #23
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Art Vandelay
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Art Vandelay, of Vandelay Industries?

I'm not 100% sure what you mean by locking the window. Are you wanting to prevent it from being re-sized and/or moved?


yes, yes, and yes -- i'd like to be able to launch it to the remembered size, if that makes sense, not necessarily lock it, because id resize at some point
Sep 9, 2017  • #24
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Ah ok, you should be able to do that with Trigger rules. Try these steps out for each application:
  • Open the program and position it
  • On the DisplayFusion Settings > Triggers tab, click Add
  • Enable the "Process Filename" checkbox and choose the program from the list
  • Click Add > Move Window to Specific Size and Location
  • Drag the target icon and drop it on the program, it will automatically grab its size and location
  • Click OK, then OK again, and OK one more time
  • Close your program and launch it, it should move to the correct position
Sep 9, 2017  • #25
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Barclay Brown
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OK, I want something similar, but I think it's different. When I launch an application by launching a file (e.g. something.docx) I want Word to launch with a specified window size and position on a specified monitor. Is this possible with DF somehow? Basically I want to set a rule that says "whenever this app starts, position it here..."

From the above, I see how to write a script that launches an app and positions it, but I don't want to write a script for every file I might want to launch

Thanks
Feb 16, 2018  • #26
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@Barclay: Do you want each Word document to open in it's own spot? Or all Word documents to open in the same specific location?
Feb 21, 2018  • #27
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Ralph S Bacon
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Wow, years later I get to read this and it has solved my Google Chrome window launch problem that has bugged me for months and months.

I have several Google Chrome windows open simulataneously, each with several tabs (logically separated into different topics).

The problem is that if you launch another Chrome windows it places it on the monitor where the MOST RECENT such windows is (or was, if you have minimised it) - and at the same size too.

So I have Internet radio playing in a smallish window on my left monitor. I launch another window and it gets place effectively on top of this window. Not what I want at all, as I have to drag it to the correct (right, main) monitor and resize it too.

Now by adding two trigger rules, I told DF to move any such Chrome window to the window with the cursor in it and then resize it to a 75% window.

Brilliant. Thank you Binary Fortress.
Jan 5, 2019 (modified Jan 5, 2019)  • #28
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@Ralph: Glad to hear it!
Jan 9, 2019  • #29
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mbrinson
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Just wanted to add my thanks Keith (and to dsb9938 for posting the original question and for adding his "Once per Window" condition insight).

Loving DisplayFusion (trial with a 30 day Pro license right now).
Mar 13, 2019  • #30
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No worries, thanks for the kind words!
Mar 14, 2019  • #31
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Barclay Brown
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@Barclay: Do you want each Word document to open in it's own spot? Or all Word documents to open in the same specific location?


Actually, either would be very useful. For the most part, I mean launch Word in the same location on the same monitor each time, but I can also see a use for launching a specific document in a specific location, though since that is a particular document, it could be done easily with a specific launch shortcut or rule I would think. So the main need I think is to "launch any word doc in a new word instance, in a specific location on a specific monitor".
Mar 15, 2019  • #32
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@Barclay: I've attached a screenshot that would move a specific Word file, with the filename "TPS Reports" to a specific location. If you want to move all Word windows instead of a specific file, you would just clear the Window Text condition in the rule.

Hope that helps!
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Mar 20, 2019  • #33
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Stormwatch
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I'm evaluating DF, and this is one of the criteria I'm considering. Have you made any progress on the subject? It doesn't seem so difficult to make it a context menu choice when launching a program.
Jul 17, 2019  • #34
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@StormWatch: There's a lot of different discussion happening in this thread. Could you provide some more details on what exactly you're looking for?

Thanks!
Jul 17, 2019  • #35
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Floki's Mom
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Keith the image you posted in Comment #19 got me going today (I wanted PDF documents to always open on one specific monitor out of three, no matter how I opened them (double-clicked/Ctrl-O from Acrobat). I was close but I didn't have the asterisk wildcard for the process. I added that and it worked. Just posting here too in case someone else searches similarly. Thanks!
Oct 7, 2019  • #36
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Cristian Zamora
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Good morning to all. I am having a similiar situation as the OP with Chrome windows. I have 3 monitors, may main monitor (1), my second monitor on the left (2) and my third monitor on the right (3). I have Chrome pinned to all 3 taskbars. I have the option in settings checked to open applications on the current monitor as well.

If Chrome is open on either monitor 2 or 3 and I want to open Chrome on monitor 1, it doesn't work. If I close all Chrome windows on all monitors and want to open Chrome on my main monitor, the laptop, I have to drag it from the monitor from where closed Chrome, whether it be 2 or 3. BUT if I open Chrome from the taskbar shortcut on the monitor, it WILL open on THAT monitor.

Another example... let's say I close Chrome on monitor 2. If I go to monitor 3 and open Chrome, Chrome actually opens on monitor 2 where the last Chrome instance was located but then it snaps by itself over to monitor 3, where I was attempting to open it. This instance is also true in the reverse, if I close Chrome on 3 and then go to open it on 2, Chrome opens on 2 and then snaps over to 3 by itself. The ONLY way to open Chrome on my main monitor on the laptop is to drag the last open window of Chrome to my laptop main monitor and the next time I open Chrome from my laptop's taskbar it will open there. Also, if I open Chrome from the taskbar of monitor 2 or 3, JUST THAT ONE TIME, Chrome will open on the main monitor 1 and then snap to the monitor from where Chrome was opened, after that Chrome will no longer flash nor open on laptop monitor because it has been opened on one of the other 2 monitors.
29 days ago  • #37
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Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)
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Hey Cristian,

Have you tried setting up the trigger Keith posted in comment #19?

Thanks!
28 days ago  • #38
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Cristian Zamora
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Hey Cristian,

Have you tried setting up the trigger Keith posted in comment #19?

Thanks!
Thanks for your reply! I just implemented it and it works just fine. I will say that IMHO this should be fixed, I mean that's what the option is for in Settings, right?
27 days ago  • #39
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Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)
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Hey Cristian,

The "Move newly opened application windows to the current monitor" setting is designed to only move the first window of a process, which is likely why your chrome windows would only work one time. Setting up the trigger allows the application to move each time it is opened.

Hope this clears things up!
22 days ago  • #40
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Cristian Zamora
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Hey Cristian,

The "Move newly opened application windows to the current monitor" setting is designed to only move the first window of a process, which is likely why your chrome windows would only work one time. Setting up the trigger allows the application to move each time it is opened.

Hope this clears things up!


Yes, I can understand that, but then it STILL isn't working correctly. Because after receiving your reply, I deleted the trigger, shut down all chrome processes and Chrome STILL WON´T open on the main monitor UNLESS the last instance of chrome was closed on that monitor. Secondly, there IS NO REASON for that option to even exist if it was laid out that way, it's NOT logical. If I have Chrome pinned to each taskbar, Chrome should open on the monitor where I pressed the shortcut, it's that simple.

I have now noticed other behavior that needs tweaking... let's say I open a weblink from another application and I have 3 instances of Chrome running, one on each monitor... I would think that the weblink would open on the Chrome instance on the same monitor. Sadly, it's not like that. The weblink opens on the monitor where the last instance of Chrome was opened. Example... Chrome on all 3 monitors... I open a PDF that has a weblink on my main monitor... the last Chrome windows that was opened is on monitor 3... when I click that link it opens on monitor 3, not the Chrome on my main monitor...
21 days ago  • #41
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I'm going to take over this case from Owen.

When you've closed all Chrome windows, if you look on the Windows Task Manager > Details tab, are there any chrome.exe processes still listed? Chrome can sometimes stay running in the background even when all of the windows have been closed.

At any rate, this is how that option on the Window Management tab works. First window of the process only. To do what you want to do, the Trigger rule with the Frequency set to "Always" is the way to go.

Thanks!
20 days ago  • #42
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Cristian Zamora
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I'm going to take over this case from Owen.

When you've closed all Chrome windows, if you look on the Windows Task Manager > Details tab, are there any chrome.exe processes still listed? Chrome can sometimes stay running in the background even when all of the windows have been closed.

At any rate, this is how that option on the Window Management tab works. First window of the process only. To do what you want to do, the Trigger rule with the Frequency set to "Always" is the way to go.

Thanks!


Just for the sake of it, I went through this scenario and actually went to the task manager and made sure that Chrome.exe was no longer running after shutting down all Chrome windows. The bug persists... a NEW instance of Chrome without the programmed trigger is going to open on the monitor where Chrome was last used.

Secondly, your reply makes no reference to what I noticed about links not opening on the monitor where they originate.

So, you may want to revise your reply and say that is SUPPOSED to work that way because I have just laid out that IT DOES NOT WORK that way.
20 days ago  • #43
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I'd be happy to look into it further if you want to send over a debug log. On my system when I test, Chrome opens on the monitor it was launched from when it's the first window.

Steps to send a debug log:
  • On the DisplayFusion Settings > Troubleshooting tab, change the Logging drop-down to "L1: Log Minimal" and click Apply
  • Try launching the first instance of Chrome
  • Click the "Export Info to File" button on the Settings > Troubleshooting tab
  • Reply with the file attached
  • Disable debug logging after sending the log

Regarding links opened from existing Chrome windows, that's expected as well. We don't force new windows of the same app to open on the monitor you're on, unless you use a Trigger rule with the Frequency set to Always. Is this behaviour happening on your machine with or without the Trigger rule?
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