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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 another. 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

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

42 Comments

42 Comments

  1. willphule

    Excellent tip – thanks!

  2. Ronda

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

    • Steve Krause

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

      Nice find Austin

  3. Steve Krause

    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.

    • Austin Krause

      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.

    • brett

      I use an application named PhraseExpress for this, has a free version that works great. I can type in a phrase like “brb” and then tell PhraseExpress to convert that to “be right back”. I use it constantly for my username, but for fun I also utilize it when I want to post the shrugging emoji guy “¯\_(ツ)_/¯”. I type “/shruggie” and it produces “¯\_(ツ)_/¯” nearly instantaneously. Highly recommended and a daily part of my workflow.

  5. Robert Byrd

    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.

    • Steve Krause

      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

    • Steve Krause

      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.

  32. Dino

    Thanks!
    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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