I know that using Alt+F7, I can use the keyboard to move the window around. I can also use the "Grid" plugin of Compiz to position quickly the window around my current monitor. The grid plugin doesn't seem work across monitor however.

What I need is a quicker way to move the current window to the other screen. In my current dual-monitor setup, I find myself needing to move the focus window to the other monitor as I focus on working on something else (and move it back afterward).

If I use XMonad (or other tiling managers), this would be rather easy. However, many applications that I use (Gnome Do, MATLAB, image viewers, custom apps that I write, ...) do not work well with a tiling manager.

So my question is: is there a shortcut key combination that moves the currently focused window to the other monitor (and back)?

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  1. Install CompizConfig Settings Manager Install compizconfig-settings-manager

    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
    
  2. Run CCSM → Go to bottom (Window Management) → Go to "Put."

  3. Enable the plugin.
  4. Configure shortcut for "Put to next Output."
  5. Log out and back in again.

If the plugin put doesn't appear in CCSM, install the compiz-plugins Install compiz-plugins package. (sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install compiz-plugins)

EDIT: The required plugin package is now called compiz-plugins on 12.10 and higher. compiz-plugins-extra Install compiz-plugins-extra is still used for 12.04.

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    It's also worth noting that "next" output will cycle through all of the monitors (not stopping on the furthest right). – Adrian Schneider May 5 '12 at 3:12
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    I don't see the plug-in. Using Ubuntu QQ – Yatharth Agarwal Dec 20 '12 at 12:23
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    Ah it does work - just needs a logoff/logon! – jaywink Sep 14 '14 at 14:15
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    There isn't any option "Put" – Richard Jun 29 '15 at 23:20
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    @Richard, you'll have to install compiz-plugins as mentioned in the post. (Sidenote: I'm on Ubuntu 15.04 and once that was installed I was the "Put" plugin.) – Anonsage Aug 17 '15 at 5:13

I like Put to next Output with Ctrl + Alt + n

enjoy it!

Put at CCSM Put at CCSM.

Put to Next Output Put to Next Output

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    Now, I use setting this hotkey to '<Alt><Shift>m'. :P – Chu-Siang Lai May 20 '16 at 3:57
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    I don't have Put in my CCSM – Jamie Hutber Feb 1 at 9:56

Alt+Ctrl + NumLeft/NumRight

for minimised window only (!) I found today in Gnome 3 @ Ubuntu 14.04.

i.e., if you wan to move maximized window, you may

'Win + DownArrow', 'Alt+Ctrl+ NumLeft/NumRight', 'Win + UpArrow'

or try to bind it..

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    Unfortunately, this Alt+Ctrl+<NumDirection> shortcuts keep the window on the same screen and doesn't move to another screen.. tested on Ubuntu 15.04 (w/Unity). – Anonsage Aug 9 '15 at 1:04
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    It's the same issue on Ubuntu 16.04. I came here to find a solution to this problem. – Brandon Ibbotson Oct 3 '16 at 16:14
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    It works for me on Ubuntu 16.04, thanks! – Juanmi Rodriguez Jul 11 '17 at 17:02
  • @Anonsage But it is for Gnome. Not Unity. – G. Demecki Mar 26 at 6:47

After installing compizconfig-settings-manager → Run it → Go to bottom (Window Management) → Go to "Put."

Then you should try "Put within viewport" and "Put Left/Put Right". If the window is not on the edge of the screen needs double "right/left" to switch over screens. By default is with super+Numpad-Arrows.

  • Not the most direct solution, but a better one in my opinion. – Jonah Jan 12 '15 at 19:11
  • This is the only answer that worked for me. – haff Jul 23 '16 at 0:08

Addendum: If the solution with Put plugin doesn't work.

Try to disable some features you don't use that may interfere. I left only Put To Next Output enabled and it started to work.

Disable the features in "Grid" plugin on ccsm, logoff/logon, and enable the "put" plugin with combination keys that you want. Works for me (ubuntu 16.04).

I enable some features in both plugin because I wanted move windows between monitors (using features on put), but I wanted keep the feature that resize the window by half of width of the current monitor (using features on grid).

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