I sometimes use a secondary monitor (extended display) and "forget" some windows on it. When I stop using it some windows are stuck on the secondary monitor.

I would like an option to "gather" all the windows on a monitor or, at least, to move a window to another monitor (perhaps by picking it from a list or by right clicking it's taskbar button etc).

Right now I am switching between projection modes (Win+P). Is there a simpler solution?

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You can use keyboard shortcuts for window management. Use Alt + Tab to select the window that you want to move and then press Win + Shift + Left/Right to move from one monitor to another.

You may also want to try out Win + Left/Right/Up/Down

  • Tried it now, doesn't seem to work.
    – Headcrab
    Nov 30, 2010 at 3:09
  • which one didn't work? are you using windows 7? Nov 30, 2010 at 7:58
  • Doesn't work for me either. Win7 here. Maybe because the app in question is either minimized or fullscreen, but never a window.
    – Chaos_99
    Jan 20, 2014 at 15:19
  • This doesn't gather all the windows to the current monitor
    – jjz
    Sep 8, 2016 at 3:47
  • This also works in Windows 10. Jan 11, 2017 at 23:05

Got a solution.

I had the same problem using a C compiler, everytime I run an application, its text window was opened in the wrong place (the extended monitor).

Switch to the 'lost' window. Use any means to make it appear (one of the recipes commented in this page).

Right click on the upper left corner of the window to open the menu, OR press ALT+SPACE.

Chose 'properties'. Search in the menu for 'let the system position the window'. Check the option.


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    Had the same problem with Slack. It has driven me nuts for months on end, not being able to get it back with ALT+TAB or WINDOWS+LEFT. Thanks so much more the ALT+SPACE trick! (I use maximize as there was no properties option)
    – Chris
    Mar 17, 2017 at 0:21
  • This maximize solution should be included somewhere! I already used Alt+Space to make the menu show up, but neither Move would, nor would I have a properties option. Maximize did the trick!
    – ravemir
    Oct 17, 2017 at 14:10
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    Neither Windows 7 or 10 has the Properties item in the window context menu (ALT + SPACE). Are you using any application which adds it there? Feb 9, 2018 at 12:55
  • Worked for "FileAlyzer", all other options didn't
    – Fusseldieb
    Jun 13, 2018 at 21:59

Sometimes when we disconnect the secondary monitor, We do not get all the windows tabs to our primary screen.

To get all those back to primary screen once you are no longer connected to secondary monitor, I have a workaround.
1-With WIN + P, try with computer only in projector option

If not solved Then

2-With WIN + P, select duplicate for projector option
And again With WIN + P, select computer only or Disconnect Projector option.

Hope this will solve your problem.

  • Great answer, thanks. I'm not sure why this didn't get more votes. It's the only thing that worked for me, for a game running in windowed mode.
    – mihai
    Dec 20, 2017 at 20:37
  • I needed to move all windows not just one. On windows 10 this is pretty slick. You just have to hit second monitory only, then all the windows move, then click back to extended and all the windows stay. Very nice work around.
    – jmathew
    May 14, 2020 at 13:56

If you right click on the programs taskbar button you will get the option to 'move' the window (maybe you need to Shift + right click, I'm using a Linux computer at the moment).

Press the right (or left depending on were your windows are...) cursor button to move the window to your desktop.

Alternative: AltTab to the program, then AltSpace, press M, use cursors to bring the window to you.


None of the above worked for me. What did work was:

Right-Click icon in taskbar (icon of application whose window is invisible).

Select Maximize (or Alt SPACE x via the keyboard).

  • This was the ticket for me when I lost a window switching from a huge resolution in RDP to a tiny one in VNC
    – Allison
    May 31, 2016 at 17:11
  • I was able to right-click on the preview of the invisible application in the taskbar (which comes after hovering over the icon for a second or two) and then select maximize. Right-clicking on the icon itself only offered the close action. Jan 17, 2017 at 8:35

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