If you’re a Windows user and have multiple monitors, you’ve probably experienced the headache of randomly rearranging apps when you resume from sleep mode. There have been various ways to solve this problem over the years, but Microsoft is finally fixing this and fixing it in a future Windows 10 update.
“The technical term we use to describe this problem is called Rapid Hot Plug Detect (Rapid HPD),” said Michelle Xiong, Program Manager for the Microsoft Graphics Team. “This behavior affects the DisplayPort multi-monitor setup, resulting in unwanted desktop rearrangement.”
This issue is especially problematic if you are using a laptop with a secondary screen, or if you think an additional monitor goes into sleep mode and Windows thinks it’s unplugged. Then Windows will have to move all the apps to another screen and drag them all back manually. It’s a big headache if you experience problems every day.
Microsoft is working to prevent Rapid HPD from rearranging Windows apps, and fixes will be delivered in a major Windows 10 update scheduled for later this year. Windows Insiders currently have access to this with build 21287 or higher, but this means running a beta version of the OS on their device. Microsoft expects to release this final update in October, but if you can’t wait, you can try it right now.