Microsoft PowerPoint opens off screen

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by singjai, May 22, 2014.

  1. singjai macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2014
    I searched it on google and kind of had a feeling it was because I was using dual monitors. This is what I found -

    Is there any way to fix it? When I try and go on a different screen once my mac is unhooked to my other monitor, I'm not able to drag the pp back on my screen. The only way to fix this problem is by opening display preferences and changing the screen size. Is there another way to keep it from doing this without having the open display preferences? I take my mac to class everyday and opening pp everyday like this gets pretty annoying..
  2. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    I use a workaround, but I don't have a solution. I use a 3rd party donationware application named Spectacle ( for moving and resizing application windows. I use the "Next Display" and "Previous Display" keyboard shortcuts to move windows between multiple displays and move "orphan" windows to my only display (when I disconnect my MBP from my monitors). I've included a screenshot of Spectacle's Preferences - I've modified several of the standard shortcuts for my own usage, look in the upper right corner for the two shortcuts that I use to move windows between monitors. I've noticed that applications that were issued before ML's "Spaces" came out act like this more often than not. Cheers!

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  3. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    My work around would be to hit Mission Control if running Lion or later. It is the F3 key on your keyboard.
  4. singjai thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2014
    I tried that but it doesn't let me drag the pp to my screen.
  5. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    Figured I'd throw it out there as a possibility.
  6. liya1201 macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2010
    My work around is following:

    Go to "Window" Pull-down menu in PowerPoint and click "Zoom Window".

  7. ckopyar macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2014
    Reset an "off-screen" window

    To reset an off-screen window, such as a powerpoint window that now appears off-screen after you've moved from a dual-monitor to a single screen and isn't able to be dragged back into your main viewer, navigate to "settings > displays", manually toggle between a new resolutions for your screen, and then revert back to the original display setting. This will force powerpoint to reset the window based on the new resolution / dimensions.

    In Yosemite 10.10.1, the display resolution will by default to "Best for display". Select the second radio button that reads "Scaled". Additional resolution options will appear at that time. Select any of these other display options to trigger the reset. After confirming that the full PP window is now visible on screen, select "Best for display" once again.

    This should resolve the [buggy, annoying, unnecessary] issue.
  8. yumyum macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2015
    My temporary fix - under 'Window' on the top bar, select 'Zoom Window', then you'll have your powerpoint back to the center of the screen.
  9. mikerudolph22 macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    DC Metro Area
    Thanks! That's a very easy way of fixing it.
  10. dgleb2012 macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2015

    Thanks for this! Helped me fix this annoying problem.
  11. artaylo7 macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2015

    Thank you! This has been bugging me for months. This is the only quick fix that actually worked. I just changed the resolution and then changed it back and it brought my off screen elements back. :)
  12. OldGreyGuy macrumors member


    Jan 14, 2014
    Near Brisbane, Australia
    Window -> Zoom Window from the Powerpoint meant usually fixes this for me when I've moved from a dual-monitor setup.
  13. drytoad macrumors newbie


    Jan 28, 2016
    simple solution is throw your mac out of the nearest window and get a pc. However, if you're like me, and stuck using whatever crap machine your school gives you, then you'll just have to remember to drag your PP back from the mirrored screen before you detach the hookup. I just learned this the hard way that nothing mac does is easy.
  14. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Yeah! It's like trying to drive one of those horribly complicated Mercedes-Benz cars.
  15. Elbowroom Rich macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2016
    Thanks for the fix, scratching my head for a good 15 mins there.

    it's a windows (spit) app...

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