If you are playing a game in full-screen mode on the primary or secondary screen and want to move it to the other monitor, here is how to do that. Although it is very straightforward, you may not be able to make the switch without knowing the proper process. You can follow the same method to move the content on any monitor if you have more than two monitors.
How to move a fullscreen game to the second monitor
To move a full-screen game window to another monitor, you have two options-
- Drag the game window
- Use Windows Settings panel
The first method depends on the game. If your game allows you to create a resized window, follow the first method. Otherwise, the second method works in every case.
1] Drag the game window
As you are already playing games on your computer, it is required to press Atl+Enter. If your game supports this keyboard shortcut, it will resize the game window. It won’t minimize the window, and instead, you will find it on your screen. If so, you can drag the game window to the other monitor as per your will. It is as simple as that.
If both monitors are similar, no change is required. However, if the screen resolution, refresh rate, etc., are different, you might find some lag at the very beginning. In that situation, a few graphics-related settings might help you get rid of those problems.
2] Use Windows Settings panel
This method is quite time-consuming as you have to repeat the whole process. To get started, minimize the full-screen game. You can press Win+M or any other shortcut your game supports. Following that, press Win+I to open the Windows Settings on your computer.
If you are using Windows 11, you need to follow these steps:
- Press Win+I to open Windows Settings.
- Ensure you are in the System tab.
- Click on the Display option on the right-side.
- Click on the monitor settings drop-down list.
- Select Show only on 1 or Show only on 2 option.
- Click on the Keep changes button.
However, if you are using Windows 10, you need to go to System > Display. Here you can see a heading called Multiple displays.
Expand the drop-down list and select the monitor you want to play your game on (e.g., Show only on 1 or Show only on 2).
It moves all content to the selected screen instantly. After that, open the game and keep playing.
Once it is done, again minimize the same steps to choose Extend these displays option in Windows Settings.
Following that, your game window will stay on the desired screen, and you can open other apps on the other monitor.
How do I move a fullscreen game to another monitor?
To move a fullscreen game to another monitor, you need to follow the aforementioned steps. There are two ways to do so. First, you can minimize and drag it to the desired monitor. Second, you can use the Show only on 1 or a similar option in the Windows Settings.
How do you choose which monitor a game opens on?
There is no built-in setting available in Windows 11 that allows users to choose a monitor while opening a game. However, you can force an application to open on the primary monitor in Windows 11/10. Otherwise, you can also check for a similar setting in the control panel of your graphics driver or card. Depending upon the card, you might get the option.
How do I play games on my second monitor?
To play games on your second monitor, you need to open Windows Settings by press the Win+I button together. After that, go to System > Display. Expand the monitor setting drop-down list, and select Show only on 2 option. Here 2 represents the second monitor. However, if you have more than two monitors, you can identify the number and choose the corresponding option.
Hope it helps.