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How to Move Your Mouse to the Second Monitor While Gaming

Are you a gamer with a dual-monitor setup, but find it tricky to interact with Discord or browse the web while gaming?

If so, this guide will help you unlock the convenience of using both screens effectively during your gaming sessions. We’ll cover simple steps to keep your game active while engaging with your second monitor.

Without further ado, let’s get started on enhancing your dual-monitor gaming setup.

P.S. If you’ve already set up your monitors in extended display mode, feel free to skip this step and head straight to Part 2.

Part 1: Setting Up Extended Display Mode in Windows

Setting up extended display mode in Windows is a straightforward process. To begin, press the Windows Key + P on your keyboard. This shortcut brings up a sidebar with a few display options.

Windows project feature

In this sidebar, you’ll see options like ‘PC screen only’, ‘Duplicate’, ‘Extend’, and ‘Second screen only’. For our purpose, click on ‘Extend’. This choice tells Windows to spread your desktop across both monitors, essentially treating them as one large workspace.

If you prefer using the settings menu, you can right-click on your desktop and select ‘Display Settings’. Here, ensure both monitors are detected. Then, select ‘Extend these displays’ from the ‘Multiple displays’ dropdown menu. Don’t forget to hit ‘Apply’ to save your settings.

Extend these displays setting on Windows 10

Lastly, you might want to arrange your displays to match their physical setup. You can easily drag and rearrange the monitor icons in the Display Settings. Once everything looks good, hit ‘Apply’ again.

Part 2: Configuring Your Game Settings

Next, adjust your game to work smoothly with your dual monitors. The key setting is switching to ‘Borderless’ mode. This mode lets you move your mouse to the second monitor without minimizing the game.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open your game and head to its settings.
  2. Find the display or graphics options.
  3. Select ‘Fullscreen Borderless’ from the display mode choices.
COD MW3 Fullscreen Borderless

That’s it! Some games may not support this mode, but for those that do, it enhances your dual-monitor experience. Now, you can easily switch between gaming and other tasks on your second screen.

PS: If you’re in Borderless mode but still can’t move your mouse to the second monitor, there’s a simple trick to fix this. Just press the Windows key. This action brings up the search bar at the bottom left of your screen. Don’t worry, it won’t minimize your game. It frees up your mouse cursor, allowing you to move it to the second monitor.

I personally use this tip as it allows me to keep an eye on my character’s surroundings while interacting with the other screen. It’s a quick and easy solution for multi-tasking during your gaming sessions.


We hope this guide has made your dual-monitor gaming setup more convenient and enjoyable.

If you’ve tried these tips, we’d love to hear about your experience! Feel free to drop a comment below with your thoughts or any questions you might still have.

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Hi, I’m Abdelkader, a gamer and the founder of Gamer Around. I’ve been into gaming for the past 20 years and I love to share my passion and experience with you. Throughout these years, I managed to build a decent amount of knowledge and experience in PC hardware, but I’m always learning and improving.

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