I try to switch a window from my second monitor to the first, because my OS always opens some windows where they were last closed. E.g. if I open up VLC Player to watch a video and then move the window to monitor B, close it and reopen it, then it is opened on monitor B the next time.

This is obviously very annoying, especially if monitor B is not on.

Is there a shortcut so I can move the windows easily to monitor A again if it has focus?

I tried to give the window focus and press

Windows+SHIFT+ or: Windows+SHIFT+

But nothing happens.

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    Windows+SHIFT+→ works for me on four monitors. – Peter Hahndorf Oct 9 '16 at 16:42
  • Thanks for your Feedback! Thats weird, shouldn't it work for me aswell then? – Black Oct 10 '16 at 6:10
  • I would think so, if it doesn't, there may be third party tools intercepting keyboard calls. Not sure. – Peter Hahndorf Oct 10 '16 at 6:14
  • I will check for any external software. It didn't worked before i upgraded from windows 7 to windows 10 either. – Black Oct 10 '16 at 6:35
  • For me it's just Windows+Cursor Keys to move windows across desktops by switching them through various sizes. – Seth Oct 10 '16 at 7:31
up vote 13 down vote accepted

I solved it by unchecking the box which you can see in the following screenshot. Ease of access English version

Go to Control Panel > Ease of Access Center > Make the Keyboard Easier to Use

Then search for the setting "Make it easier to manage windows" and un-check "Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen"

After unchecking this option, it works again.

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    English screenshot. However this also disables snapping (dragging windows to edges or Windows+left/right) – phuclv Oct 20 '17 at 9:54

A couple things that can prevent this key combo from working are:

  1. Filter Keys is turned on.

    Open the "Ease of Access Keyboard Settings" page and disable this feature.

    Filter Keys Off

  2. GPO: "Turn off Windows+X hotkeys" is enabled.

    Do the reverse of what this article details. This is less likely to cause the issue, as having this enabled did not prevent the hotkey from working in my tests, but I suppose it's theoretically possible.

I may add additional causes if I discover any, but I hope this helps resolve your current issue. :)

  • Thank you, I am currently not at home and can't try it, but i will do and report back :). I already solved it though it was indeed a windows setting. I will report asap how I solved it. – Black Mar 10 '17 at 10:03

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