WPF WindowStartupLocation=”CenterOwner” not really center, and pops all over, why

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Well this question and this question are similar but no answers that work. In fact I was hoping WindowStartupLocation=CenterOwner would work…it doesn't. It seems to center the new window in the center of a grid column, not the center of the main window. So I'm assuming it thinks that is the parent. Second when I close the dialog and open it again it is not centered but moved down and right from the previous position. And if I move the main window to a second monitor the popup still opens on the default monitor. Are these properties wrong or am I just thinking it should work in a different way. I suppose I could calculate the Top and Left properties manually. I just want the popup to be centered in the main window no matter where it is.

Best Solution

Probably because you didn't set the owner:

this.Owner = App.MainWindow; // for example

That's how I do it and it centers the window perfectly all the time.

To extend on what Will Eddins commented, you could create an overload method for ShowDialog() or Show() in your Window:

public void ShowDialog(Window owner)
{
    this.Owner = owner;
    this.ShowDialog();
}

public void Show(Window owner)
{
    this.Owner = owner;
    this.Show();
}

Or overload a constructor:

public MyWindow(Window owner)
    : this()
{
    this.Owner = owner;
}
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