How to Move a Game to an External Monitor in Windows

Last Updated: Feb 9, 2024 by

Gaming on a laptop can be a great way to pass the time, but sometimes the small screen just doesn’t cut it. Luckily, with the help of an external monitor, you can easily move your game to a larger screen for a more immersive experience. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to move a game to an external monitor in Windows.

Check Your Connections

Before you start moving your game to an external monitor, make sure that your laptop is connected to the monitor via an HDMI or VGA cable. If you are using a wireless display, ensure that your laptop is connected to the same network as the display. Once you have confirmed the connection, you can proceed to the next step.

Adjust Display Settings

To move your game to the external monitor, you will need to adjust your display settings. Right-click on your desktop and select “Display settings” from the drop-down menu. In the display settings window, you will see a section labeled “Multiple displays.” Click on the drop-down menu and select “Extend these displays.” This will allow you to use both your laptop screen and the external monitor as separate displays.

Move the Game Window

Now that your displays are extended, you can move your game window to the external monitor. Simply click and drag the game window to the external monitor and release the mouse button. The game should now appear on the external monitor. If the game does not automatically adjust to fit the screen, you may need to adjust the resolution in the game’s settings.

Set the External Monitor as Primary Display

If you want to make the external monitor your primary display, you can do so by going back to the display settings window. Under the “Multiple displays” section, click on the external monitor and check the box that says “Make this my main display.” This will make the external monitor the primary display and any new windows or applications will open on that screen.


If you encounter any issues while trying to move your game to an external monitor, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can try. First, make sure that your graphics card drivers are up to date. You can check for updates through your device manager or by visiting the manufacturer’s website. You can also try restarting your computer and reconnecting the external monitor.


Moving a game to an external monitor in Windows is a simple process that can greatly enhance your gaming experience. By following these steps, you can easily enjoy your favorite games on a larger screen. Have you tried gaming on an external monitor before? Let us know in the comments.

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