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Is there a free app that I can use to move a window from one monitor to the other monitor (assuming only two monitors) via the keyboard? I shouldn't have to use the mouse at all (e.g., for selecting the window or the monitor, or for dragging).

I know this can be done in Linux using compiz; I'm surprised there isn't a (free) option for OS X.

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I ended up using BetterTouchTool to do this. Overall I found it to be the most configurable. Here is a screenshot of my configuration, whereas Cmd+Ctrl+W moves a window to the next monitor. Unfortunately, "next monitor" is the only option, if you have a three-or-more head setup it just rotates through the list.

BetterTouchTool keyboard configuration

The only shortcoming of BetterTouchTool is poor Lion support (not all features are available) but it is available as an alpha release. This specific keyboard shortcut should work fine in Lion with the stable version, I reckon.

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Oh, and it's freeware. –  adamrmcd Nov 6 '11 at 3:50
    
I've gotten rid of Moom (almost ran out of trial clicks) and am using it BTT now. I feel like BTT can be slimmed down and polished but it does move windows from one monitor to another for free, so I can't complain. –  Artem Shnayder Nov 8 '11 at 21:15

BetterSnapTool also has this feature (as a shortcut). I think it was a free app, and its been a great one.

There is a shortcut where you can maximize the window in the next screen (among other shortcuts or ways of doing this). See the screenshot of the related shortcuts.

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I was using ShiftIt for ages, but thought it didn't support dealing with multiple displays. So I started looking for alternatives. I installed Spectacles, changed the key bindings to be the same as ShiftIt's, and then when I wanted to deinstall ShiftIt, I found out it does actually support moving windows to different screens, using CtrlOptionCommandN

So I uninstalled Spectacles; still a happy ShiftIt user.

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I just tried Spectacle, great app and it's free.

This is what it can do with the selected group of windows.

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You need to activate accessibility support.

System Preferences > Accessibility > Enable access for assisted devices

As per comments: The accessibility option in Mavericks is now in

System Preferences > Security and Privacy > Privacy > Accessibility

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Worked for me without having to enable assistive devices in accessibility options. –  Adrian Spinei Mar 3 '13 at 13:49
    
With OS X Mavericks, the option to enable access for assistive devices has moved to System Preferences -> Security and Privacy -> Privacy -> Accessibility, where you will see Spectacle listed and can allow it to control your computer. –  nathan Oct 28 '13 at 14:54

Moom can do this. It's $5, but it's a fantastic window management app. It lets you assign keyboard shortcuts to a variety of windows movements (including move to other display) and gives you an overlay of the OS X standard window controls.

(Would upload pics, but imgur doesn't seem to be working...)

Here is a solid list of window management apps from another AskDifferent post. The only free option is Shiftit, and I'm not sure if it offers the functionality you are looking for.

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+1 for Moom. Discovered it a few months ago, I love it. Great value at only $5 too. –  robmathers Oct 20 '11 at 19:25
    
I've been using ShiftIt for arranging windows within the same monitor. It's an excellent tool for that. However, it offers no move-to-other-display functionality. –  Artem Shnayder Oct 20 '11 at 20:12
    
I'd check out Moom then. I know you wanted a free app, but it's quite inexpensive compared to many other Mac window managers. Plus, the overlay they designed for close/min/maximize buttons is so spiffy that they deserve the $5. :) –  canderson Oct 20 '11 at 20:14

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