WMON [mode] or

WMON [mode] [, xoff] [, yoff](SMS Only)


THOR 8, THOR XVI, Toolkit II

When the QL is first started up in Monitor mode, the windows #0, #1 and #2 are opened in the following sizes and positions, with the following borders:-

  • #0 is con_512x50a0x206 (no border)

  • #1 is con_256x202a256x0 (BORDER #1,1,7,0)

  • #2 is con_256x202a0x0 (BORDER #2,1,7,0)

As with WTV, this command resets the three default windows to the above sizes, positions and borders. If one parameter is passed, this will alter the screen MODE.

The second variant allows you to move the SuperBASIC windows, by specifying an offset which will be used to calculate the top left hand position of the windows. If only one parameter (other than the MODE) is specified, then this will be taken to be both the x and y offset, otherwise you can specify both. This will only work on higher resolution displays. Also, if the second variant is used, if an outline has previously been defined (for example with OUTLN), then the contents of the three windows will be retained and moved to the new position - this is equivalent to following the WMON command with an OUTLN command with the details of the new position and size.



Will reset standard windows and set MODE 4.

WMON , 50

Resets the standard windows, in current MODE. The windows are set as follows:

  • #0 is con_512x50a50x256(BORDER #0,1,7,0)

  • #1 is con_256x202a306x50(BORDER #1,1,7,0)

  • #2 is con_256x202a50x50(BORDER #2,1,7,0)

WMON 4,50,50

Is the same except it forces MODE 4.


WMON does not reset the PAPER and INK colours of the three windows.


On some versions of Minerva (pre v1.78) and Toolkit II, if you do not specify the mode, this command will have no effect.


On versions of the THOR 8 (pre v4.01) #0 appeared one pixel too far up the screen following WMON.


On SMS prior to v2.53 WMON would set an OUTLN if one had not already been set.


As well as adding the second variant, SMS adds a border to #0 (see example above). v2.67+ has also fixed various problems with this command.


Also see WTV, WM, WSET, WMOV and MODE.