How to Set Different Wallpapers on Dual Monitors

By Seth Published March 2, 2023

How to Set Different Wallpapers on Dual Monitors
How to Set Different Wallpapers on Dual Monitors

Elevate your dual monitor setup with a dynamic display! Ditch the same image and opt for two separate wallpapers instead; not only will you be able to easily differentiate between screens, but it'll help streamline multitasking. Create an inspiring workstation that highlights whatever inspires or motivates you, and achieve productivity goals more efficiently than ever before.

In this article, we'll guide you on how to set different wallpapers on your dual monitors in Windows. With just a few clicks, you'll be able to personalize your setup and create a unique and visually appealing workspace. Feel free to check out some of our Dual Monitor wallpapers to get you started.

If you're struggling with setting wallpapers for your dual monitors on Mac, read our article on How To Set Up Dual Monitor Wallpapers For Mac.

Key Takeaways

  • Setting a different wallpaper on your dual monitors can help distinguish between screens and streamline multitasking.
  • Windows 8.1 and above allow users to easily set separate wallpapers on two or more monitors through the Control Panel.
  • Users can also use the Span option to set up one long desktop background to stretch across multiple and dual monitors.

How to Set Different Background Images on Dual Monitors

Back then, you’d have to download third-party apps to set separate wallpapers on multiple monitors. But ever since Windows 8.1, you can now easily achieve this through the Control Panel. The same steps apply when you're using a Windows 10 and 11 OS. 

Here's how to set separate wallpapers on dual monitors in Windows:

  1. Right-click on your Desktop, then click on Personalize.
  2. The Personalization window, also known as your wallpaper settings, will pop up.
  3. Click on Browse to search for a desktop wallpaper or two that you'd like to use per monitor through your pictures folder.
  4. When found, right-click on a background image.
  5. Choose between Set for monitor 1 or Set for monitor 2.
  6. Repeat for the next monitor to set a different wallpaper.

Tip: Each of your monitors now has its own unique wallpaper! If you ever feel like changing things up a bit, just right-click on the desktop and choose 'Next desktop background' for an instant refresh.

How about setting up one long desktop background to stretch across multiple monitors? Windows has the Span option to help set that up for anyone that has a dual monitor setup.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. On Personalization, click Browse to search for your dual monitor wallpaper in your pictures folder.
  3. Right-click on the background image, then click Set for monitor 1.
  4. Under the “Choose a fit” section, select “Span”.
  5. The wallpaper should now stretch to fill both monitors.

Tip: Make sure you're choosing a dual monitor wallpaper that's of high quality and fit both of your screens.

Unleashing the Potential of Your Dual Monitors

Make your dual monitor setup stand out with a different wallpaper per screen! You can choose two different images, one for each screen to truly customize your space, or go wild and opt for an eye-catching single long background that spans both displays. With just minutes of effort, you can add some style and personality to the home office today - have fun making it uniquely yours!