Apps won't stay put


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When I open an app, it open on the left of the screen, I move it to the centre but when I open it agaoin it is back to the left. How can I make apps stay where I want them ? thanks
 

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Wondering if you have Windows PowerToys installed as, if so, it sounds like the cause might be the 'Fancy Zones' feature setting in PowerToys.
 

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Wondering if you have Windows PowerToys installed as, if so, it sounds like the cause might be the 'Fancy Zones' feature setting in PowerToys.
No I don't, I have never really found Power Toys useful for me
 

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No I don't, I have never really found Power Toys useful for me


Persistant Windows will keep programs where you left them... Persistant Windows


As for why, they won't stay... it's probably a setting to do with Snapping windows to specific location.
I've never used those settings, but there are a few of them hidden here and there.

Open settings and search for "Snap"



/edit

Oh look, there's a tutorial that has to do with Snap... Enable or Disable Snap Assist in Windows 11

Ahh... I see you've already been there. :)
 

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Open an app of your choice. Hold down the Shift key and drag the app window to where you want it and close the app. Now release to Shift Key. Now open the app again. It will show wherever you dragged it to.
 

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Actually, you only need to hold SHIFT while closing the app (clickk the close "X" button).

This 'trick' has been around in Windows for a very long time. However, Windows 7, and especially 10 (and seemingly 11) can easily break the trick and override the last size and position of the window.

Speaking of which - this kind of thing is also stored in the registry for a lot of windows, and if you run a registry cleaner, you may be removing those settings and causing the window to default.

Another thing to consider is that if you have multiple monitors, and particularly different sized and resolution monitors, which means that sometimes one monitor comes on 'faster' than the other, Windows 11 may be aggressively trying to move windows around when waking the machine up, and breaking the 'set' last position value. If this applies to you, try waking the machine but not logging in until both monitors are fully awake.

The really sad part is that there are plenty more reasons why this may be happening to you, in addition to the reasons I provide and all the other reasons posted here as well.
 

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Persistant Windows will keep programs where you left them... Persistant Windows


As for why, they won't stay... it's probably a setting to do with Snapping windows to specific location.
I've never used those settings, but there are a few of them hidden here and there.

Open settings and search for "Snap"



/edit

Oh look, there's a tutorial that has to do with Snap... Enable or Disable Snap Assist in Windows 11

Ahh... I see you've already been there. :)
Thanks, I have always had snap disabled as it is no use to the way I work
 

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    10th Gen Core i9 10900K
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    32GB
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    Geforce RTX 2080 Super
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    C: Samsung 2TB P981A
    D: Samsung 2TB 970 Evo
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    Alienware AW610M
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    1920 x 1080
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