How to set a dual monitor wallpaper on Windows 10

By: Milan Stanojevic
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If you need a lot of space while working on your PC, you’re probably using dual monitors. Many users customize their desktop with different backgrounds, and today we’re going to show you how to set a dual monitor wallpaper on Windows 10.

Can you set a dual monitor wallpaper on Windows 10?

Solution 1 – Set the background from the Settings app

Probably the easiest way to fix this problem is to set your background from the Settings app. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app. You can do that quickly by pressing Windows Key + I.
  2. When Settings app opens, navigate to Personalization section.
  3. Now scroll down to the Choose your picture section, locate the picture you want to use, right click it and choose Set for monitor 1 or Set for monitor 2.

As you can see, this method is rather simple and straightforward, so be sure to try it out.

Solution 2 – Copy the desired files to the Windows directory

If you want to set a dual monitor wallpaper on Windows 10, you can do it by using this little workaround. To set a dual monitor wallpaper, you just have to copy the images you want to use as a background to your Windows directory. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Locate the images you want to use as a background, select both of them and click on Copy.
  2. Navigate to C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Windows directory. Now right click the empty space and choose Paste from the menu.
  3. Security warning will appear. Check Do this for all current items and click on Continue.
  4. Select the images you want to use as a wallpaper, right click them and choose Set as desktop background from the menu.
  5. Now your wallpaper will change. To switch between different wallpapers, simply right click the desired desktop and choose Next desktop background from the menu.

In addition, you can also switch between desktop wallpapers by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + Rand enter %appdata%. Press Enter or click OK.
  2. Roaming directory will now appear. Navigate to MicrosoftWindowsThemes directory.
  3. In there, you should see Transcoded_000 and Transcoded_001 files. Each of these files represents a desktop wallpaper. To swap wallpapers on your monitors, you just have to rename Transcoded_000 to 1 and Transcoded_001 to 0.
  4. After renaming the files, you need to log out and log back in to Windows to apply changes.

Few users claim that you don’t even have to copy images to the Windows folder. Instead you just have to select the desired images, right click them and choose Set as desktop background.

Solution 3 – Use third-party applications

If the previous method is too complicated for you, you might want to consider using third-party applications instead. There are many great applications that you can use to manage wallpapers on multiple monitors. If you’re looking for a simple application, you might want to try John’s Background Switcher. If you need a more advanced tool that supports advanced monitor control, window management, remote control and other powerful functions, you might want to consider DisplayFusion. This application is available in Pro and Free version, and the Free version will be more than enough for your needs.

Solution 4 – Use the Run dialog

According to users, you might be able to set a different background for each monitor by using the Run dialog. In older versions of Windows, you had the ability to change your wallpaper from Control Panel, but this feature was removed in Windows 10 and replaced with the Settings app. The Control Panel had more options including the ability to configure wallpapers for multiple monitors. This option is still available in Windows 10, but you can only access it by using the Run dialog. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageWallpaper. Press Enter or click OK.
  2. Desktop Background window will appear. Locate the desired background and right click it. Choose Set for monitor 1 or Set for monitor 2 from the menu.
  3. After you’re done, click on Save changes.

If you’re using an older version of Windows, you might be able to access this application by entering Control / name Microsoft. Personalisation /page pageWallpaper in the Run dialog.

Setting a dual monitor wallpaper on Windows 10 isn’t as hard as you think. We showed you several ways to set a dual monitor wallpaper, so feel free to try any of them.

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