File Dialog Window Shows up on Wrong Monitor

Updated Nov 5, 2019

Reported In


  • LabVIEW

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

I am using the File Dialog VI in LabVIEW on a Windows computer. When I run my program, the file dialog box always appears in the upper left corner of the screen. How do I change the default location of the dialog window?


The ability of Windows' dialog boxes to remember their location on the screen once they are closed is operating system dependent. There are two techniques you should try to correct the behavior.

First, run program which uses the File Dialog VI. Drag the dialog window to the desired location, then close the window. When you run the program again, the window should appear in the desired location.

If the dialog window does not appear where you previously positioned it, try holding the Shift key down while closing the window to force the operating system to remember the location.