Fix The ‘Cursor Drift’ Annoyance On Dual Monitors

Fix The ‘Cursor Drift’ Annoyance On Dual Monitors

Multiple monitors are great for productivity, but it makes it harder to do a few things. Since your cursor can so easily “drift” to the next monitor, it’s hard to hit the close button on maximised windows, or “snap” them to the side of the screen. Redditor trebor89 has a simple solution: Make your left monitor slightly higher than the right one in Windows’ preferences.

To do this, just right-click the desktop and go to “Screen Resolution”. Move the left monitor up just a few pixels. and you should notice that everything looks the same, but there’s now a tiny little “wall” in the top-right and bottom-right corners of your left monitor. This allows you to:

  • Close a maximised window on the left monitor without your cursor drifting over.
  • Snap a window to the right half of your left monitor by dragging it to the top-right corner. This also works for the left side of your right monitor, if you drag the window to the bottom left corner.
  • More easily show the desktop from the taskbar without your cursor drifting over to the right monitor (provided your taskbar is on the left monitor and not the right).

As trebor89 mentions, some of these are solved by keyboard shortcuts — like Ctrl+W for close window and Win+Right/Win+Left for Aero Snap — but if you’re just used to the mouse actions, this can fix the annoyance of multiple monitors easily. Hit the link to read more.

LPT: Dual monitors? Set the left-most one slightly higher to prevent “slipping” onto the other screen when looking for the close button. [Reddit]


  • I put a small (250ms) delay on screen swapping to fix this problem. Means I have enough time to position my mouse properly without it “jumping”.

  • My taskbar is on the right, I’ve never had this problem where I miss the close button, and I use win+left and win+right. Don’t believe this article is all that helpful, and it just makes it annoying to drag windows open at the top.

  • This so called “Solution” creates a bigger annoyance. When moving the cursor from one monitor to another, the cursor also jump out of alignment. Seriously, are you still using trackball mouse? I use 3 monitors and hardly ever miss the close button, let alone the maximize button, and when I do, it’s not annoying at all to just move the cursor back?

  • I have my left monitor physically higher than my right by a couple of inches too (then aligned in the display settings).
    Helps break up tasks visually to my eye, I get the benefit of both screens having a top left corner, and the cursor doesn’t jump vertically when swapping between screens.

  • I can’t stand not having the tops of the monitors aligned. I have a 1440×900 laptop and 1680×1050 monitor. The laptop sits lower than the monitor but I always align the tops in the display settings. For me the physical position of the monitor does not correlate to the pixel position of the cursor.

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