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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
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
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
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
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
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
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
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
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
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
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
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@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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TriggerRule.jpg
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
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
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
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
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
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@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
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@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).
9 days ago  • #30
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
No worries, thanks for the kind words!
8 days ago  • #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".
7 days ago  • #32
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@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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