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. Windows 10 is full of Keyboard Shortcuts, however, for older OS’s like Windows 7, tools like DisplayFusion 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.



  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.

    • 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.


    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.


  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  

    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?


    • 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.


  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?


  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  


  30. Stewart  

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

  31. Thankful N00b  

    This….. made me so happy.

  32. Dino  

    I have tears of joy in my eyes right now :)

  33. Paula Atherill  

    LOVE this. Thank you!!

  34. Neil  

    Thank you! I often have a different computer attached to my second monitor, and it’s such a pain to keep pressing the source button when something didn’t open on my primary monitor, then dragging it over to my primary, then switching the source on monitor#2 back to the other PC again.
    Never thought it could be this easy!

  35. Amiya  

    Just another tip: you can use the small free WS Display Settings tool (WizardSoft) to do this on Windows 10. It also lets you use shortcuts to virtual desktops and makes Window handling a snap. Instant dragging of window under mouse and stuff like that.

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