I use a multiple-monitor setup on Windows XP. I would like to be able to move the active window from one monitor to the other with a keyboard shortcut.

I know that I can use Alt+Space, M, or drag the window with the mouse. But is it possible to do this with a single keyboard shortcut?

  • OK, I need freeware/opensource tool.
    – ViliusK
    Jan 18, 2011 at 8:44
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    This Q is about WinXP, so just for people interested in Win7: WIN+Right/Left Cursor will rotate the current window from current to docked at side of current window, docked at near side of next window, normal in next window, .... eventually (depending on monitor count) to where it started.
    – Richard
    Jan 18, 2011 at 12:20
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    @Richard: In Win7 you can move the active window from one screen to the other with WIN+Shift+Right/Left.
    – MrWhite
    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:17

9 Answers 9


WinSplit Revolution can do this.

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    Hm... the problem is, that in the license agreement there is written: "Noncommercial: You may not use this work for commercial purposes."
    – ViliusK
    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:53
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    @ViliusK Winsplit revolution FAQ says the following: The actual licence's "non-commercial" term just means that you can't directly make benefits with WinSplit Revolution. For example, you can't include it in a commercial package of software that you would sell. But as it is a freeware, you can distibute it freely as often as you want. link Jan 19, 2013 at 12:05
  • Link not longer works
    – Maks3w
    Aug 7, 2014 at 6:39
  • I really like winsplit, because it gives you the ability to put/size windows on 1/3, 1/2, or 2/3 of the screen (or in the corner of the screen). It's a shame the web site was shut down.
    – Eric L
    Aug 16, 2014 at 10:46

In Windows 7 you can instantly move the active window from one monitor screen to another with WIN+Shift+Right/Left.

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    The question was for Windows XP, not Windows 7.
    – SabreWolfy
    Jun 22, 2014 at 10:23
  • It's one of the top hits on a google search. Fantastic! Apr 2, 2015 at 12:30
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    Works in Windows 10. Sep 15, 2015 at 16:31
  • Thanks! Life saver :) Full screen game crashed so I had a black screen on my main monitor and anything I opened (like task manager to end the task) opened behind that.
    – xray1986
    Oct 8, 2015 at 6:53
  • this does not work with radmin viewer
    – denfromufa
    Jul 27, 2016 at 15:38

You can try Multimon Taskbar. They have a free version. You can use Ctrl-Alt-left/right to move the window between the monitors.


You might take a look at Ultramon. It provides that feature and many more.

From the linked page:

UltraMon is a utility for multi-monitor systems, designed to increase productivity and unlock the full potential of multiple monitors.

  • efficiently move windows and maximize windows across the desktop
  • manage more applications with the Smart Taskbar
  • control application positioning with UltraMon Shortcuts
  • multi-monitor support for desktop wallpapers and screen savers
  • mirror your main monitor to secondary monitors for a presentation
  • OK, I need freeware/opensource tool.
    – ViliusK
    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:46
  • Ultramon is fantastic, I can't recommend it strongly enough. Well worth the money IMO. (No, I'm not affiliated :P) Jul 8, 2011 at 5:15
  • It also integrates well with Taskbar Shuffle, which is very important to have on any Windows pre-7. It lets you rearrange the taskbar via drag and drop. Jul 8, 2011 at 5:37

MurGeeMon is paid software that can move windows with keyboard shortcuts.

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MultiMonitorTool is my choice because it can hook to Ctrl+` and works in Windows 8.


I like ZBar because it's free and good enough for my purposes. You can move a window between monitors with Ctrl+Alt+Arrow. It also gives you a second taskbar which looks more native than Multimon Taskbar (but not as good as Ultramon).


You can do this by:

  1. Select the Window with Win+Tab or with Alt+Tab
  2. And then repeatedly press Win+Left

For those reading it in 2021 and later, and using Windows 10, please try:

Win+ to move to the monitor on the left side (or split the screen in half and snap to the left side)

Win+ - as above, but right side

Win+ - maximize/restore

Win+ - minimize/restore

For more hotkeys see https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/keyboard-shortcuts-in-windows-dcc61a57-8ff0-cffe-9796-cb9706c75eec

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