Setting a single background on each of your multiple monitors was a simple trick in Windows 8, but the menu is so deep that it's invisible on Windows 10. But it's still there if you know where to look.
New: Define a screen background in the Settings application
Since the initial release of this article, Microsoft has added a better solution to Windows 10.
To change the desktop backgrounds for each monitor individually, go to Settings> Personalization> Background. Under Choose your image, right-click on a background image and select "Set for Monitor 1", "Set for Monitor 2", or any other monitor you want it on. 39; use.
To add additional images to this list, click "Browse" and select the wallpaper you want to use. Windows will set it as your default on all desktops. Right-click the wallpaper icons and choose the monitor on which you want to use each.
When to use this tip (and when to use third party tools)
First and foremost, we want to make the most of your time, either for reading this tutorial or for the future, when you use our tips to mix your wallpapers. With this in mind, consider the following two scenarios.
Scenario 1: You rarely change your desktop wallpaper, but you really want to have a different background on each monitor. In this scenario, the solution presented in this article (which is fast and uses the built-in Windows parameter) is perfect because it relies on system resources.
Scenario 2: If you want to use several different wallpapers on each of your screens and want optimal control over it, the standard Windows 10 wallpaper options will probably not be optimized. If you are a drug addict of the wallpaper or really need a careful control of the background, we highly recommend the venerable (and still very useful) John's Background Switcher (free) or the Swiss multi-screen management knife, DisplayFusion (The features related to wallpaper management are available in the free version).
However, if you are in Scenario 1, let's look at how to set a custom screen background on every Windows 10 monitor. (And if you're in the mood to customize all things, be sure to check how to customize your Windows 10 login and locked screen, as well.)
How to select unique wallpapers for different monitors in Windows 10
There are two ways to select multiple monitor backgrounds in Windows 10 – not particularly intuitive. For each method, we will use a handful of Game of Thrones wallpapers to illustrate. Regarding the frame of reference, here's what our current desktop looks like, with the default Windows 10 wallpaper repeated on each of our three monitors.
It is a beautiful wallpaper, at least in the background, but a tad boring. Let's mix it.
The simple but imperfect method: change your screen background with the Windows file explorer
The first method is not intuitive because it assumes that you are selecting the images in the Windows File Explorer and that you know how Windows will handle your selection of multiple images. Select your images in the file explorer, using the Ctrl or Shift keys to select multiple images. Right-click the image you want to assign to your main monitor while the images you want to use are still selected. (Note: This is the primary setting because Windows considers the primary monitor as the primary monitor in the Settings> System> Control Panel Display menu, not necessarily the monitor that you consider to be the primary / important monitor. .) In the right-click context menu, select "Set as wallpaper".
Windows will define these images as screen backgrounds. Below, you can see that the image we clicked on (the red wallpaper with the House Lannister emblem) is on the central monitor. The other two wallpapers, for the Stark and House Baratheon houses, are placed more or less randomly on the secondary and tertiary screens.
This solution is particularly tricky because you have no control over the location of images on non-main monitors. It also has two other irritating drawbacks: if the images do not have the exact resolution of your monitor, they will not work and they will rotate positions randomly every 30 minutes.
With these shortcomings in mind, know that we have shown you this method entirely in the name of thoroughness and education and not because we think you prefer it. Let's see a much better method.
The complicated but powerful method: change your screen background with the customization menu
Update: The command no longer displays the traditional Control Panel interface, but you can now use the Settings> Customization> Background window to accomplish the same thing.
When Windows 8 came out, one of the first things noticed by multi-monitor users is the presence of many new menu options, including a very easy-to-use multi-monitor screen selection tool. , integrated directly in the Customizations menu of the Control Panel. Inexplicably, this option disappeared in Windows 10.
You will not find it in Settings> Personalization> Backgrounds where it used to be: you can only set a single image as the background, no matter how many monitors you have. In addition, you will not find it where it resided in Windows 8, in Control Panel> Appearance and Personalization> Personalization, where there was a direct link. Strangely, even if no menu is directly linked to it, the menu itself is simply displayed.
To access it, press Windows + R on your keyboard to call the Run dialog box and enter the following text:
control / name Microsoft.Personalization / page pageWallpaper
Press Enter and, by the power of the command line tricks, the old screen selection menu appears.
If we click on the "Browse" button, we can navigate to the folder containing our Game of Thrones backgrounds (or use the drop-down menu to navigate to existing screen background locations, such as the Windows image library).
Once you have loaded the directory in which you want to work, you will finally get the monitor control you were looking for. Deselect the images (Windows checks them all automatically when you load the directory), and then select a single image. Right-click on it and select the monitor to which you want to assign it (click Settings> System> Show if you do not know which monitor corresponds to which number).
Repeat the process for the wallpaper you want to use for each monitor. The final result? Exactly the wallpaper we want on each monitor:
If you want to mix more items, you can still select multiple pictures, then use the "Picture Position" drop-down menu to adjust the picture display mode and the "Edit" menu. Picture all "to change the selection frequency. photos that you have are changed.
It's not the most sophisticated system in the world (see some of the third-party options we've outlined in the introduction for more advanced features), but it does the work.
Although the menu disappears from Control Panel, a small command line returns it, and you can easily customize your screen backgrounds on multiple monitors to your heart's content.