I have always used Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Left/Right to move windows from left to right monitors.

Installed Ubuntu 18.04 last week (fresh install) and it appears that this is not working anymore despite the fact I had configured them like this in the Keyboard settings.

I'm guessing these shortcuts are already in use somewhere, but I have no clue where...
They are not listed in the Keyboard settings though and it does not indicate any kind of conflict.

Anyone knows how I can get this the way I want it ?

So to be perfectly clear. I've set Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Left/Right > keyboard...
But when hitting the shortcut keys, nothing happens.

  • I cleaned all bindings, to find them use dconf dump / | grep left, but Ctrl+Alt+Left/Right still aren't forwarded to apps.
    – Greg Dan
    May 7, 2018 at 13:56
  • also check for <Primary> as key instead of <Ctrl>... also saw <Control> I believe
    – dgoosens
    May 7, 2018 at 14:53

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In Ubuntu >= 18.04, the default hotkeys for moving windows to another monitor are Shift + Super + Arrow. Each arrow will correspond to the location of the destination monitor relative to where the focused window is.

Also, are you saying that you do not see a list of hotkeys in Settings > Devices > Keyboard?
I assume you are using gnome-control-center.

  • I know about the default... BUT have been using Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Arrow for over 10 years and seems legitimate to be able to change these settings. Everything is fine in Settings > Devices > Keyboard... I've got my settings there... But the set shortcuts don't work
    – dgoosens
    May 7, 2018 at 7:58
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    I see. So the problem is that gnome-control-center is not honouring your changes to the default hotkeys. What is returned when you do "dconf read /org/gnome/desktop/wm/keybindings/move-to-monitor-left"?
    – hiigaran
    May 7, 2018 at 8:14
  • Cheers... This pointed me on the right direction.
    – dgoosens
    May 7, 2018 at 8:48
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    ok the program moved, but the mouse cursor doesn't move with it. Still, it is taking the same effort like moving your program with the cursor. how to move the app along with cursor if anything like this is possible. Feb 8, 2020 at 18:19
  • thank you ! thats the second time i find this answer useful. i'd like to upvote it twice :D Jan 29, 2021 at 14:30

What also works is Alt+F7 to grab the window and then move it with the Arrow-keys and release it with Enter.

  • Alt-Tab also helps by allowing you to select a window from a ribbon the window you want to move. Oct 21, 2020 at 7:45

Thanks to @hiigaran's comment

I see. So the problem is that the gnome-control-center is not honoring your changes to the default hotkeys. What is returned when you do "dconf read /org/gnome/desktop/wm/keybindings/move-to-monitor-left"?

I checked out dconf. It appears my shortcut keys were, as I supposed, in use already for move window to workspace left/right

These settings do not appear in the keyboard settings though as there are no lateral workspaces anymore !!
I guess it is a bug that these actions, although no longer available, still have an assigned shortcut key.

I simply removed the set shortcut keys and everything it working again.


In unity: go to settings -> shortcuts -> windows and then change "Move window" accelerator.


Move a window between monitors => supers + shift + ctrl + arrow up/down

Move a window between workspaces => supers + shift + arrow up/down

Move between workspaces => supers + ctrl + arrow up/down

Put a window at left/right half of screen => supers + ctrl + arrow left/right

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