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)?


10 Answers 10

  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). May 5, 2012 at 3:12
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    Ah it does work - just needs a logoff/logon!
    – jaywink
    Sep 14, 2014 at 14:15
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    There isn't any option "Put"
    – richardaum
    Jun 29, 2015 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, 2015 at 5:13
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    it seems this plugin conflicts with the grid one. When a window is placed in one of the grid positions it refuses to be moved to the other screen - it goes there and them comes back. any solution for this? Aug 9, 2016 at 20:02

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 May 20, 2016 at 3:57
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    I don't have Put in my CCSM Feb 1, 2018 at 9:56
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    @JamieHutber you need to install the compiz-plugins and then you see it there.
    – Pandian Le
    Nov 4, 2020 at 22:40
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    Thank you Pandian. Nov 5, 2020 at 16:23
  • And you need to logoff and log on
    – Pandian Le
    Apr 27, 2021 at 20:59

On my machine (CentOS Linux 7) it worked out of the box:
Use window key+shift+arrows this will move window quickly between monitors Works on maximized as well as non maximized windows.

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    If possible can you please clarify how to achieve this in Ubuntu since this is what question in about.
    – Kulfy
    May 7, 2019 at 14:08
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    Thanks! I have two monitors (not talking about workspaces) and it worked fine! [ubuntu budgie 19.04]
    – sdlins
    Jun 17, 2019 at 22:12
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    This also works fine for me out of the box on Ubuntu 18.04
    – Gerald
    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:29
  • I can confirm this works in 20.04 LTS as well. Should be the accepted answer, since it does not require any additional installation - just know the keys that were asked for.
    – foo
    May 30, 2020 at 16:40

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, 2015 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.
    – byxor
    Oct 3, 2016 at 16:14
  • @Anonsage But it is for Gnome. Not Unity.
    – G. Demecki
    Mar 26, 2018 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, 2015 at 19:11
  • This is the only answer that worked for me.
    – haff
    Jul 23, 2016 at 0:08
  • Put is missing. how do I get it? (ubuntu 20 fresh install with unity 7.5)
    – Pandian Le
    Apr 27, 2021 at 20:54

After install CCSM, to add "put" option, you must install too :

sudo apt-get install compiz-plugins-extra

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).


Right click on the top of the window on the bar and a drop down appeared for me with the option of moving the window.


Press Alt + Space on an active window then select "Move to Monitor Right"

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