Whether you're a professional gamer or prefer to view multiple documents simultaneously, chances are the idea of having more than one monitor to view your games and files has crossed your mind.
If you've installed a second monitor and are looking for a way to move your gaming display from screen to screen, you've come to the right place. In this article, we show you how to move your game between the two monitors in a few simple steps.
How to move a game to the other monitor on a Windows PC?
There are several ways to move your game to the secondary monitor you have set up when using a Windows PC. Let's see these different methods:
Using keyboard shortcuts
If you already play a game on your computer, you can use hotkeys. This method is quick and easy – here’s how:
- Simultaneously press "Alt" and "Enter" on your keyboard to resize your game window. (This will not minimize your window but will allow you to move it.)
- Drag the game window to the other screen.
Using Parameters to Change the Primary Display
You can also adjust your Windows PC's display settings to allow you to show the game on the secondary monitor. Here's how to do it:
- Navigate to the "Start" button at the bottom of the screen and click on it.
- Select the "Settings" icon, which is represented by a small gear symbol.
- In the window that opens, select “System”.
- Choose "View" from the left pane menu.
- In the right pane that opens, scroll down to "Multiple displays". If you have a secondary monitor plugged into your PC, a drop-down menu will be visible. Click on it and select "Show only on two" to show your game on the second screen.
If you're not sure which monitor is set as the primary or secondary monitor, you can always choose "Identify" under display settings to see each monitor's settings. This is especially handy if you have more than two monitors hooked up.
Using Projector Mode
This method is relatively simple and only requires a few steps:
- Make sure your secondary display is connected to your PC and launch your game.
- Simultaneously press "P" and the "Windows" key.
- Several options will appear. Choose "PC screen only" from the available choices.
Your primary monitor will go black and the game will continue to play on the second screen. To exit projector mode, you will need to follow the steps above again.
When setting up your monitors this way, you'll also want to make sure your mouse works accordingly too, so you can play your games hassle-free. To make sure your mouse works with the secondary display, follow these steps:
- Make sure your second monitor is properly plugged in.
- Drag your mouse across your desktop to make the cursor move across a screen and then appear on your game screen.
- Your cursor will now no longer be visible on the original screen and will be present only on the screen you are using to play.
How to Move a Game to the Other Monitor on a Mac
Using a secondary display with a Mac is a bit more involved. First you'll need to have the right cables and know how to connect a second display to your Mac. When adding a second display, your Mac will need to be turned on and you will need to be signed in. Next, you'll need to know how to move your game to a second screen on a Mac:
- On your Mac, go to "System Preferences".
- Select “Displays”. From there, various tabs will open at the top. Choose “Arrange”.
- In the Arrange window, there will be an option called “Mirror Views”. Make sure the box next to it is unchecked. This allows you to use your Mac display and your secondary display as two different displays.
Next, you will need to align the screens in the layout tab. This allows you to move files from one screen to another as if you were dragging them onto your desktop. To do this, drag the secondary display image and place it next to your primary display in the Arrangements page window.
It's important to remember that if you position the physical monitors to accurately reflect the setting in the arrangements. Otherwise, what you see on the screen may not match exactly where your monitors are located.
Once you've done that, you can set one of the monitors as your primary display. Here's how:
- In the window that displays images from both monitors, you will see a rendering with a small white bar at the top. Click on this white bar and drag it to the screen you want to use as your primary display.
Your Mac will now have your selected display set as the primary display. You can now launch your game and it should load on your second screen.
If you have two monitors connected to your Mac and want to show your game on the second monitor without it being set as the primary monitor, you'll need to follow these instructions:
- Launch the game you want to play.
- Simultaneously press "F3" and "Fn".
- Now drag the game to the second screen.
Not a second to lose!
Moving a game to a secondary screen can be tricky, especially if you've never done it before. The steps provided here are designed to make the process quick and easy so you can set up your gaming interface the way you want and experience your games like never before.
Then the only thing you will need to worry about is which game you want to play next.
Have you ever moved a game to a secondary monitor? Did you use similar steps or instructions to those given in this guide, or did you use a different method? Let us know in the comments section below.