Display Different Wallpapers on Different Monitors in Windows 8

Windows 8 users who have dual monitors might want to have a different wallpaper on each one. Windows 8 has the feature built-in – no software needed.

Windows 8 users who have a multi-monitor setup might want to have a different wallpaper on each one. Prior to Windows 8, you needed to to use a third-party utility such as DisplayFusion which we have covered previously.

But in Windows 8.x, the feature basic feature is already built-in, sans some the extra features a third-party utility will give you. Here’s a look at how to use it.

Different Wallpapers on Each Monitor in Windows 8

Having a different wallpaper on each monitor is easy to set up in Windows 8. In this example I am setting up a different background for a dual-monitor configuration.

Right-click an empty are on the desktop and select Personalize.

Windows 8

On the next screen click on the Desktop Background link toward that bottom.

Desktop Background

Now simply browse to the location of the wallpaper you want to use. Right-click one and select which monitor you want it set as the background. Then for select another picture and set it for the other monitor.

Desktop Wallpaper

That’s all there is to it! The image below is an example of my dual-monitor set up with each monitor having a different background.

dual monitor wallpaper

What’s your take? Do you have a dual or multi-monitor setup and like to have a different background on each one? If so, do you use the built-in Windows 8 feature, or do you use third-party apps instead for the extra functionality. Leave a comment below and tell us about it.



  1. JanPaul

    March 16, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Will not work when you select multiple pictures as a back ground!
    Or am I doing something wrong?
    Jan Paul

  2. Jan

    March 16, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Is it possible to set Windows 8 (or, more importantly to me, will it work for Win. 10?) to use photos that you yourself have chosen as background, and to cycle through them like a slideshow, the way I am enjoying doing with my old Win 7 machine? One of my favorite features there.

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