Set different wallpapers on each monitor in Windows 10

If you have a… dual monitor setup, you can set a unique wallpaper on each monitor. In Windows 10, this may not be easy because the menu is not clear.

You can set different wallpapers on each monitor using the Settings app or a third-party solution.

Set different wallpapers on each monitor via Settings

The Settings app in Windows 10 allows you to configure and customize the operating system. If you just want a different wallpaper on each monitor, the Settings app method is a good option.

  1. Select Get startedSettings
  1. Select Personalization
  1. Select Background
  1. You can choose a wallpaper from the images provided by the system or use your own wallpaper from your device. Right click on a background image below the Choose your photo section.
  1. Then select Kit for monitor 1 and then choose another image and select Kit for monitor 2 and any other monitor.

Remark: Monitor 1 represents the primary monitor. If you want a particular background for your primary display, select the Set up for monitor 1 choice.

  1. Select To leaf through to add additional images to the list, then select the desired background.
  1. In the Choose a fit drop-down menu allows you to customize how the wallpapers are displayed on the monitors. That way you don’t have to go back and forth to select images with the same resolution for your monitors.

The drop-down menu contains six different ways you can customize your wallpaper.

  • The fit and To fill options resize the image vertically or horizontally.
  • The Centre fit option centers your wallpaper on the screen.
  • The stretch fit stretches it to fill the screen.
  • To elect Tile when you want to display the background image in multiple tiles on the screen
  • To elect Span if you have a high-resolution panoramic image and want to display it on all your screens.

Windows sets your wallpaper as the default image on all desktops.

Set different wallpapers on each monitor via File Explorer

Setting different wallpapers on each monitor through File Explorer isn’t as intuitive as using the Settings app, but it’s useful when the Settings dialog box doesn’t open in Windows 10.

If the images you choose are not the exact resolution of your monitors, they may not work properly or rotate randomly.

  1. Open Explorergo to the folder containing the images you want to add as wallpaper on each monitor and select the images.
  2. Right-click the image you want to use on the primary monitor and select Set as desktop background

Windows sets the images as wallpapers on your primary monitor, but it also places the other two wallpapers you randomly selected on the secondary and third monitors.

  1. To gain control over the background on a per-monitor basis, deselect the images in File Explorer and then select one image.
  2. Right-click and select the monitor you want to assign the background to.

Set different wallpapers on each monitor using a 3rd party solution

If you want to use different wallpapers on each of your screens, you can use the following third-party tools instead of the default wallpaper options in Windows 10.

  • Dual Monitor Tools is a standalone open-source tool that you can use to manage dual monitors. You can have one image spread across your screens, or several images for each monitor. If your primary monitor is not the top or left-most screen, Dual Monitor Tools will correctly adjust the images for proper viewing.
  • DisplayFusion is another free multi-monitor software that brings together various settings, including variable backgrounds and multi-monitor toolbars, along with easier window management on your screens.
  • John’s background changer lets you set different wallpapers on your monitors. You can tell the software where images should come from and how they should be displayed at your chosen time interval.

Add some flair to your dual monitor setup

To add more background ideas to your dual or multi-monitor display setup, check out our top picks for the best animated wallpaperaesthetic wallpaper, or make your own paper for desktop or smartphone† Our guide on how to use a video as a background on Windows 10 also provides a couple of ways you can use video instead of a static image as your background.

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