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Dialogue Box Retriever

Status: Gathering Support
by Explorer canonvela on ‎03-30-2017 06:56 AM

I use three monitors running from a high spec laptop so that I can take my work away with me. The problem is that, when away, I only have the single screen on the laptop.


If I run 3ds Max the layers rollup, for instance, will always appear on screen if I click its icon on the ribbon, but the render setup dialogue box will not: because it is displaying on a non-existant screen somewhere to my left.


There is a tortuous way to retrieve it, but I have to keep Googling it. Life would be a lot simpler if there was a button that called all windows and dialogue boxes to the centre to be rearranged at will.

By: Participant sphelx
| Posted ‎03-30-2017 07:41 AM

I have a pair of suggestions for the meantime...

First is free - Unlock your taskbar and increase its size (even just by one line), and then decrease it back to wherever you had it; it should cause errant windows to pop back onto your single screen, I've had success with this in the past.


Second is not free, but is only $35 - DisplayFusion from Binaryfortress includes a huge array of multi-monitor setup and enhancement tools, including the ability to FORCE child windows of a specified application to open either on a given monitor, the monitor of the parent window, or the monitor on which the mouse is at the time of spawning.


But all that said, I definitely agree; we should have a single UI button/keyboard shortcut to call all child windows and dialogs to the same screen as Max itself.

By: Contributor dzodzu
| Posted ‎04-14-2017 06:03 AM

Well, I think the best would be to have workspaces, and a fast way to switch over them.

And if every single window or dialog box stored its last position and size in a workspace preset.

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