Key Takeaways:

  • There are a number of ways to adjust the background or wallpaper settings while using a dual monitor setup with Windows 10.
  • Find “Personalization” via the “Settings” app, or paste the images into the Windows directory.
  • Other options include using the Run dialog and purchasing dedicated third-party software.

Windows 10 has streamlined and simplified the process for configuring and using a dual monitor setup. This includes setting wallpapers that encompass one or both of the monitors.

Setting Different Wallpapers

Operating system Windows 10 makes it fairly straightforward to set different wallpapers and make other adjustments while using a dual monitor configuration for your favorite monitors.

How to Set Dual Monitor Wallpapers on Windows 10

There are a variety of ways in which consumers can set up and adjust custom wallpapers while using two displays.

Use the Settings App

Open the settings up via the control panel or by pressing the Windows Key + I. Next, navigate your mouse to “Personalization” and click. Scroll down to “Choose Your Picture” and find the picture you want to use as wallpaper. Right-click and choose which monitor you want to assign the picture to as wallpaper. If you want the wallpaper to encompass both displays, be sure to repeat this process for each monitor.

Tip: Open the settings up via the control panel or by pressing the Windows Key + I

Warning: If you want the wallpaper to encompass both displays, be sure to repeat this process for each monitor

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Copy Files to Windows Directory

Find the image or images you would like to set as the wallpaper and click on “Copy.” Then “paste” the images into the Windows directory. You will see a warning flash across the screen, so just check “Do This” and move on. Right-click the images you just copy and pasted and select “Set as Desktop Background.” The wallpaper should immediately be set and should appear across both monitors. If the image appears as a wallpaper for one display and not the other, you may need to do some troubleshooting.

Tip: Right-click the images you just copy and pasted and select “Set as Desktop Background.”

Warning: If the image appears as a wallpaper for one display and not the other, you may need to do some troubleshooting

Use the Run Dialog

You can use the “Run” dialog to set an image as wallpaper with a dual-monitor configuration. Start by pressing the Windows Key and “R” and “Enter.” Click “OK” and you should see the Desktop Background settings menu appear. Find the desired background image on your computer and right-click, taking care to set it to act as wallpaper for monitor 1 or monitor 2. Once that has finished, click “Save Changes.” The wallpaper should be ready to go.

Tip: You can use the “Run” dialog to set an image as wallpaper with a dual-monitor configuration

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Third-party Software Solutions

There are a number of third-party software solutions that have been purposely designed to help select wallpaper images for a dual monitor setup. These applications tend to be intuitively designed and extremely user-friendly, so they can be a good option for those who aren’t extremely familiar with the Windows 10 operating system. These programs include John’s Background Switcher, DisplayFusion, and others. As a warning, this software is unlikely to be free.

Tip: There are a number of third-party software solutions that have been purposely designed to help select wallpaper images for a dual monitor setup

Warning: As a warning, this software is unlikely to be free

STAT:

Windows 10 held 39.22 percent of desktop OS market share in December 2018, compared to 36.9 percent for Windows 7. (Source)

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_10

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_10_version_history

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Windows

https://johnsad.ventures/software/backgroundswitcher/

https://www.displayfusion.com/

How to Set Dual Monitor Wallpapers on Windows 10 FAQ

How do I get a wallpaper on Windows 10?

Click Start > Settings > Personalization, and then select the Themes tab. Click Themes settings. This will launch the classic themes personalization interface that you know from Windows 8.

Can Windows 10 have live wallpapers?

It is possible but may require the use of a third-party software application.

Why are my wallpapers blurry on Windows 10?

This is likely due to choosing an image that does not match the size of your screen. If the image is too small to fill up the desktop and you set it to "Fill," Windows will stretch the image until it blurs.

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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