Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts for Dual Monitor
2023/09/20 ｜By G Editor
More and more people use dual monitor to do multi-windows multi-tasking for increasing the work efficiency. With Windows keyboard shortcuts, we can operate multiple Windows programs more quickly and smoothly. Here we have compiled Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts related to work on dual monitor. As a dual-monitor enthusiast, don't miss them!
Swith between Extend/Duplicate Mode — Windows logo key＋P
Move window to the next screen — Windows logo key＋Shift ＋ ← / →
✤ When activating one app program, sometimes Windows system would automatically open the app on the second screen. In this case, you can use this shortcut to switch the app windows back to the screen you want.
✤At a counter or face-to-face meeting, you can use this shortcut to switch files or applications to the other party's screen. (The maximized window will still be displayed maximized after being moved. If the non-maximized window is moved, you can use Win + ↑ to maximize the window.)
Show the Desktop— Windows logo key＋D
✤ This shortcut has the same function as "Show Desktop" in the lower right corner of the main-screen taskbar, showing the desktop quickly. Accessing files or app shortcuts on desktop is piece of cake.
✨ Touchpad gesture with same function
① Swipe with 3 fingers Down：show the desktop
② Swipe with 3 fingers Up ：revert back to the original
Switch Audio devices — Windows logo key＋Ｇ
✤ When you have multiple speakers and want to quickly switch the sound output devices, you can use this shortcut to call up Xbox game bar and select the desired sound device from the "Sound" button on the game bar. If you don't want to use the mouse to switch the speaker on the task bar, this shortcut is an alternative.
Open Task view — Windows logo key＋Tab
✤ Windows 11 provides a Task view on Virtual Desktop to quickly show all windows. When wanting to close a window quickly among multiple windows, you can use this shortcut to list all windows and find the one you need to close directly.
✨ Touchpad gesture with same function
① Swipe with 3 fingers Up： open task view
② Swipe with 3 fingers Down： revert back to the original
Rotate the display — Ctrl＋Alt + ← / ↑ / → / ↓
✤ Do you often need to read portrait documents, or need to set the screen portrait for coding? This shortcut allows you to get rid of the multiple steps of Windows Display Settings. Rotate the screen in one second and turn the screen as you wish.
📌Note: Windows Screen Rotation Shortcuts are shortcuts provided by Intel Graphics Command Center. If the display orientation does not change after you press these shortcuts, please refer to the following article for instructions and troubleshooting.
View full-scaled portrait picture in portrait mode
Copy & Paste — Ctrl＋C & Ctrl＋V
Dual monitors and Ctrl+C & Ctrl+V are a powerful combination to boost office work efficiency. If you haven't tried it yet, you must read this article:
Select All/Page — Ctrl＋A
Instead of looking for "Select All" in the app toolbar, this shortcut allows you to select all text and page content directly, especially for those applications that do not have a "Select All" tool, such as Chrome, PDF Reader, etc. When you need to copy all text, use this shortcut to select and then use Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V to get the full page backup in a second.
Windows 11 shortcuts are convenient, but they should be used circumstantially. Some of the shortcuts are a bit redundant in dual monitors, e.g. using the Windows logo key + ←/→ to flatten one window to the left/right half. Instead of using one-half of the screen to compare documents, it's clearer to put two documents directly on two screens. After all, simplicity and exactness are the ultimate goals we strive for!