If you’re running a multi-monitor setup on your Windows 10 PC, knowing how to move windows between displays is essential. With a few mouse drags or a simple keyboard shortcut, it’s easy to manage windows like a ninja. That is how.
Make sure extension mode is enabled
To move windows between multiple monitors, Extended mode must be enabled. Extended mode spreads your desktop across all of your available displays, so it’s like having one giant virtual workspace.
To enable Extend mode, press Windows + P to open the “Project” menu. Select “Extend” by clicking or using the arrow keys and the Enter key.
Please note that if you plan to manage full-screen applications, such as games, on multiple monitors, the game or the application itself may have its own multi-screen settings within the program. Be sure to check the graphics settings of the game or application to see if there are any options related to multiple displays.
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Move windows using the drag and drop method
Once you know you’re using Extended mode, the most obvious way to move windows between monitors is by using your mouse. Click the title bar of the window you want to move, then drag it to the edge of the screen in the direction of your other screen. The window will move to the other screen. To move it back to the first screen, drag the window back in the opposite direction.
Move windows using the keyboard shortcut method
Windows 10 includes a convenient keyboard shortcut that can instantly move a window to another screen without the need for a mouse.
- If you want to move a window to a screen located to the left of your current screen, press Windows + Shift + Left Arrow.
- If you want to move a window to a screen located to the right of your current screen, press Windows + Shift + Right Arrow.
This keyboard method works for two or more monitors, and once a window reaches the end of the last monitor in the chain as you move it, the window will wrap and appear on the first.
Now that you’ve mastered this simple maneuver, check out all the other ways you can manage windows using just the keyboard.
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Multiple monitor setups are great for your productivity. Just make sure you pick the right monitor for your needs – monitors typically have a much longer lifespan than most PC components, so it’s worth spending a little extra for a good one.