How-To

Use a Keyboard Shortcut to Instantly Move Windows Between Monitors

A common tasks on a dual-monitor setup is moving windows from one screen to the other. This quick Windows keyboard shortcut makes it easy.

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

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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.


37 Comments

37 Comments

  1. Excellent tip – thanks!

  2. Ronda  

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

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

      Nice find Austin

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

  4. Deven Kapoor  

    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.

    • http://www.autohotkey.com/ 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  

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

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

    • BT  

      windows 8.1 does not work either.

  6. KONRAD POTH  

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

    • 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  

    Thanks, a great timesaver

  8. Mike Rothman  

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

  9. Ganesh  

    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.

    Thanks
    Ganesh

  10. Will  

    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  

    Hi
    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?

    THANKS

    • 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  

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

    Thanks.

  13. Jonathan  

    Thank you so much for this handy tip

  14. Stefano  

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

  15. Karan  

    Thanks a lot! Nice tip

  16. Rob  

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

    Thanks

  17. Aaron HYmas  

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

  18. Kev  

    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  

    So Awesome! Thank you!

  20. Cun  

    You are a life saver. Thanks a lot.

  21. Sandro  

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

  22. susie  

    I life my hat. Thanks a lot.

  23. APD  

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

  24. Chris  

    Nice one! Thanks for sharing, really helpful.

  25. winklerrr  

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

  26. ZachB  

    Great one mate, loved it!

  27. Kiran  

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

  28. TJH  

    Thank you, this is awesome.

  29. Ethan  

    Thanks!

  30. Stewart  

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

  31. Thankful N00b  

    This….. made me so happy.

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