How to move a window to the next monitor on Xfce, Mate and other X Window Managers

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Since I use this a lot in my daily work and there were no scripts working properly for me, I made one myself.
It's actually not bound to Xfce but should work on any window manager (haven't tried it, though).


  1. If you don't yet have xdotool, install it:

    sudo apt-get install xdotool
  2. If you don't yet have wmctrl, install it:

    sudo apt-get install wmctrl
  3. Store the attached file in some place that's in your PATH.
    The cool kids use ~/bin/.

  4. Make it executable: chmod +x ~/bin/move-to-next-monitor

Trying it

Open up a terminal and run it:


There should be no errors and the terminal window should have moved one monitor to the right.

Assigning a keyboard shortcut

  1. Your window manager has a way to setup global hotkeys somewhere. In Xfce you may open Xfce settings → Keyboard → Keyboard shortcuts
  2. Add an entry for move-to-next-monitor and assign a keyboard shortcut to it.
  3. It should be active right away, so try it on the settings window. :)


Props to Show snapshot who had a script that was basically working (not properly on 3 monitors and was lacking some workarounds) and saved me quite some time figuring this all out.

Arne Hartherz
Last edit
Henning Koch
Source code in this card is licensed under the MIT License.
Posted by Arne Hartherz to makandra dev (2012-11-14 14:24)