Is there a way to force getting the numerical values of WindowMargins instead of Automatic for a window?

For example let say I want to create a new Notebook that is $62$ pixels below and $62$ pixels to the right of the current EvalutaionNotebook. If I run the following it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't depending on the window position on the current screen.

x = CurrentValue[EvaluationNotebook[], "WindowMargins"];
   Cell["Some text.", "Text"]}],
 WindowMargins -> {
   {x[[1, 1]] + 62, Automatic},
   {Automatic, x[[2, 2]] + 62}

For example sometimes the expression throws an error and results in the following because Mathematica is returning a different answer.

 {{131, Automatic}, {Automatic, 62 + Automatic}}

1 Answer 1


AbsoluteCurrentValue should do what you want:

AbsoluteCurrentValue[EvaluationNotebook[], "WindowMargins"]
(* {{624, -2}, {-47, -19}} *)
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for the quick response. I should have checked the docs (Both Google and Mathematica.stackexchange.com turned up nothing in my initial search). Oh well silly me. $\endgroup$
    – William
    Dec 12, 2013 at 18:46

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