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How To Move a Window to Other Monitors

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Are you setting up a dual monitor system for the first time and want to learn to move one window to the other monitor? Fortunately, you can do it without breaking a sweat.

Quick Answer

To move your window to the other monitor, enable the Extend mode on your PC by pressing the Windows and P keys at the same time and choosing “Extend” from the option. Now, press the Windows + Shift + arrow keys. You can also drag and drop the window to the other monitor.

To help you with this task, we have written an extensive guide on how to move your window to another monitor with easy-to-follow instructions. We will also discuss why you can’t move your windows to the secondary monitor and how to shift your whole display to it.

Moving a Window to Another Monitor

If you don’t know how to move your window to another monitor, our following 3 step-by-step methods will help you accomplish this task with minimal effort.

Method #1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts on Windows

To move your windows to your second monitor, you can use keyboard shortcuts in the following way.

  1. Press the Windows + P keys simultaneously to open the “Project” menu.
  2. Select “Extend”.
  3. Press the Windows + Shift + left arrow keys to move your windows to your monitor to the left.
  4. Press the Windows + Shift + right arrow keys if you want to move your window to the monitor on the right.
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Method #2: Dragging and Dropping on Windows

If you want to shift your current window to your second monitor, drag and drop it after turning on the Extend mode using these steps.

  1. Click the “Action Center” icon at the bottom right of your screen on the taskbar.
  2. Click “Project”.
  3. Select “Extend”.
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  4. Use your cursor to hold the windows you want to move by the title bar.
  5. Drag and drop the window to the left edge of the screen to move it to the left monitor.
  6. Drag and drop the window to the right edge of the screen to move it to the right monitor.

You can also shift the screen back to the original one by dragging it in the opposite direction.

Method #3: Using Mission Control on Your Mac

When using a Mac computer, you can quickly move your windows to your second monitor by launching Mission Control using these steps.

  1. Do a three-finger swipe on your Mac’s trackpad to launch “Mission Control”.
  2. Drag the window you wish to use to the second monitor.

Are You Unable To Move a Window to Another Monitor?

If you are having issues moving your windows to your other monitor, it is likely that you have not positioned your monitors correctly on your PC. Do the following steps to match your monitors’ position in your computer like you have on your desk.

  1. Right-click your desktop background.
  2. Click “Display Settings”.
  3. Click “Identify” under the image of your labeled monitors to display the number on each monitor.
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  4. If they aren’t positioned correctly, drag the monitor in the image and drop it in its correct place, right or left.

Now, your monitors will be positioned as they are on your desk, and you can easily drag your windows to the other monitor.

Moving Displays to Other Monitors

Instead of a window, it is possible to move the whole display to the other monitor with the help of the following 3 methods.

Method #1: Using Projector Mode

Using these steps, you can quickly move your display to the second screen by turning on the projector mode on your primary monitor.

  1. Open the “Project” settings by pressing the Windows + P keys simultaneously.
  2. Select the “Second screen only” to shift all contents of your screen to the other monitors.
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Method #2: Making the Second Monitor Primary

To move your current display to your other monitor, make it your primary monitor using the following quick steps.

  1. Press the Windows + I keys simultaneously to open Settings.
  2. Click “System”.
  3. Click “Display”.
  4. In the “Multiple displays” sections, click the monitor you want to use after identifying it.
  5. Check “Make this my main display”.
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In this guide, we have discussed how to move your window to your other monitor. We have also discussed a fix for when you can’t move your window to the monitor and how to shift your whole display to the second monitor in detail.

Hopefully, your question has been answered, and you can multitask using both monitors simultaneously.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why my dual monitors are showing the same content?

If your dual monitors show the same thing, you might have turned on the “Duplicate” project settings. Press the Windows + P keys on your keyboard and select “Extend” from the menu to fix this issue.

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