With so many people adopting multiple monitors these days sometimes it’s hard to figure out a good easy way to display different wallpapers on each monitor. Or maybe you’re having a hard time trying to span one large image across two screens. Well we’re going to show you a neat application called Display Fusion that can handle this with ease. Display Fusion will even allow you to use images from Flickr as your desktop wallpaper.
Note: Display Fusion will allow you to use more than two monitors, however for the sake of this tutorial we will only be working with two.
Step 1 – Download the application
Go to displayfusion.com and download the free version.
Step 2 – Install it
Open the executable file and follow the prompts.
Select your desired language.
Step 3 – Open and setup Display Fusion
The default view should look something like this (see below).
First, decide if you want to use two different wallpapers or one large wallpaper spanned across both monitors. We’re going to choose two different images.
Choose where you want to pull your images from. You can choose from your computer, or from an outside source like Flickr.
If you want to use Flickr as your source, you’ll be presented with an integrated Flickr search to select your image.
Choose how you want the images to display. It’s best if you get wallpapers that are made for the resolution of your monitors. Alternatively you can choose to center or have Display Fusion maintain the aspect ratio while still filling your screen with the image.
Here are my final settings – click to enlarge image
Other great features
Display Fusion has tons of features, it really can do more than just display multiple backgrounds. Here’s a few worth mentioning:
- Advanced Multi-Monitor Taskbar support
- Use a different wallpaper image on each monitor, or span an image across all of your monitors
- Integrated Flickr.com image search & download
- Integrated Vladstudio.com image search & download
- Drag or middle-click the titlebar of maximized windows to move them between monitors
- Snap windows to the edge of your monitor, or even to other application windows
- Customizable HotKeys to manage your desktop windows
- Customizable TitleBar Buttons to manage your desktop windows
- Support for over 25 different languages
Display Fusion also has a pro version available. This is a one time fee of $25.00 USD. The pro version comes packed with even more cool things like multiple task bars on two different monitors – while still allowing you to display different items on each screen. Find out more about Display Fusion Pro here.
Over the past 6 months or so of using Display Fusion I have had a few complaints, well really just one actually and that is the lack of auto update. I think auto update may be something they’ve left out because it’s in the pro version only, and maybe it’s suppose to be an incentive to get you to upgrade, but I still find it annoying.
There are a slew of other features that Display Fusion has, most of which are in the Pro version. There are tons of HotKeys that can help in in moving your windows from one screen to the next in all sorts of ways but honestly I never use them because Windows 7 does this pretty well on its own.
If you’re a Display Fusion user and know of any other groovy features, comment below and share the knowledge.
About the Author : Jordan Austin
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