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Use a Keyboard Shortcut to Instantly Move Windows Between Monitors

One of the most common tasks on a dual-monitor setup is moving windows from one screen to the other. Traditionally this involves dragging the title bar across screens via the mouse. Of course, there are tools like DisplayFusion that make the job easier, but I’ve found that a simple keyboard shortcut provides the best solution of all.

Dual desktop switching

The keyboard shortcut is: Windows Key + Shift + Left/Right Arrow


This shortcut will instantly transfer windows from one screen to another while attempting to maintain window size and relative position. This timesaver is just another quick groovy tip that I use every day, and I hope it helps out anyone else who uses two monitors on a Windows computer.

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37 Responses to Use a Keyboard Shortcut to Instantly Move Windows Between Monitors

  1. willphule October 30, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Excellent tip – thanks!

  2. Ronda October 30, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Great tip. I will use this all the time now! Thank you.

    • Steve Krause October 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

      yeah no kidding same here! How did I miss this one hehhe.

      Nice find Austin

  3. Steve Krause October 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Windows 7 and Windows 8? How did I miss this one!

  4. Deven Kapoor October 31, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    This is a good one Austin.
    Maybe you can help me find a way to create kb shortcuts for typing in my username.
    Every time I have to login to a secure company site it asks for my lengthy user name.
    How do I do this? I want to create a custom shortcut key strokes for username as well as password.

    • Austin Krause November 3, 2012 at 9:44 am # would be my first choice, just store script file in a secure or encrypted folder. I’ll have to write up a tutorial on how to do this, great question!

      • Devenk November 6, 2012 at 9:54 am #

        Look forward to the tutorial. Email me when you do this. Hope you are doing well.

  5. Robert Byrd October 31, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    Does not work for me on my Win 7 Toshiba Satellite.

    • BT June 30, 2016 at 5:08 am #

      windows 8.1 does not work either.

  6. KONRAD POTH October 31, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    SUPER TIP! That’s something I need to do a dozen times a day and you have just saved me a LOT of effort.

    • Steve Krause November 4, 2012 at 8:08 am #

      Keyboard shortcuts for the Win! Another huge time saver for me is Windows Key + L to lock the screen.

      Great for stepping away and not leaving you computer up for anyone to access.

  7. Herb November 2, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    Thanks, a great timesaver

  8. Mike Rothman November 3, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Love this one, Austin. Where do you come up with all this great material?

  9. Ganesh August 8, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    I have 2 monitors at work, but while at demo time I am giving from another machine which has a single monitor where I am logging into my pc remotely, then the short cut key (Windows key+ Shift+ Left/Right Arrows keys) is not working in my demo pc( which has only one monitor).

    In that case I am facing many problems like if I open any window it is going to another monitor (some times) which i am unable to access from the demo pc because it does not know how many monitors does my remote pc have?

    How can I resolve this problem? Its really causing a lot of trouble for me.
    Any help highly appreciated.


  10. Will December 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    Thank you very much for this awesome tip.
    No longer do I have to turn on the projector to move a simple window. 🙂

  11. Alfredo December 30, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    This stopped working on Windows 10; it still moves the window but within the confines of one screen. Any idea of what the new shortcut is?


    • Steve Krause December 31, 2014 at 10:21 am #

      Will have to play with Windows 10. I have a copy running on a VM but it’s not multi-monitor yet. @Brian?

  12. Kinjan Shah April 26, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    Thanks a lot for the Tip…I was trying to install some software for this, but no need for that.


  13. Jonathan May 16, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

    Thank you so much for this handy tip

  14. Stefano November 16, 2015 at 6:00 am #

    Wonderful!!!! Windows 10 forgot to mention this helpful Win+Shift combination!

  15. Karan November 29, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

    Thanks a lot! Nice tip

  16. Rob December 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    How can I map the win+shift+left to a function button?


  17. Aaron HYmas February 4, 2016 at 6:39 am #

    Seriously Awesome. Where has this been all my life? Thanks for sharing!

  18. Kev February 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    Hi All, I’m running 3 monitors, BenQ 32″, Samsung 27″, Samsung 27″, with Windows 10, IT DON’T work with my setup.
    I’m have NVIDEA GeForce GTX 970 4gb but no go with mine. It did work in Win 7 but not now. Only change has been the BenQ and GTX 970.

    Thanks for any replies, Kev.

  19. cliffclof April 26, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

    So Awesome! Thank you!

  20. Cun May 8, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

    You are a life saver. Thanks a lot.

  21. Sandro June 30, 2016 at 2:23 am #

    Is there a shortcut to use this feature under Windows 10 with multiple desktops?

  22. susie July 4, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    I life my hat. Thanks a lot.

  23. APD July 16, 2016 at 12:22 am #

    Thank you so much.!! Saved a lifetime..

  24. Chris August 2, 2016 at 7:39 am #

    Nice one! Thanks for sharing, really helpful.

  25. winklerrr August 3, 2016 at 1:23 am #

    Is there a shortcut to move a window from one virtual desktop to another on the same monitor? (Using Windows10)

  26. ZachB August 4, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

    Great one mate, loved it!

  27. Kiran August 11, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    wonderful. I was googling all over since Intel display didn’t provide and option like NVDIA.

  28. TJH October 27, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

    Thank you, this is awesome.

  29. Ethan November 24, 2016 at 7:25 pm #


  30. Stewart December 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    AWESOME! THANKS! 20-yrs Windows user. Who knew?!

  31. Thankful N00b February 25, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

    This….. made me so happy.

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