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I'm working in multi display workspace, I would like to have keyboard shortcut for moving active window to another display (I don't mean workspaces). How can I achieve this in XFCE? In Unity I was using Compiz with predefined keyboard shortcuts.

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XFCE does not have a built-in command that allows you to move a window to another monitor, however there is this Python script that can do that.

The script is used as:

movescreen.py <up|down|left|right|prev|next|fit> [win_id|mouse]
  • First, make sure the script's dependencies are satisfied:

    sudo apt install python xrandr xwininfo wmctrl xdotool
    
  • Download the script and move it to the folder that you want, for example ~/scripts/ (I am assuming this as the script's folder for the next steps, you may, however, use whatever you want).

  • Give executable rights to the script:

    chmod u+x ~/scripts/movescreen.py
    
  • Open Keyboard and select the Application Shortcuts tab.

  • Click the Add button at the bottom left.

  • In the Command pop-up window enter the command to move the window, using the absolute path to the script. For example, to move the window to the monitor left, enter:

    /home/<your_username>/scripts/movescreen.py left
    
  • Press OK and assign the shortcut you want, for example Ctrl+Super+Left.

  • Repeat the steps for all other directions.

The script is not perfect, but works reasonably well. Also, being built in Python means that it is relatively easy to tweak it.

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