Have a dual monitor system? You might want to personalize them separately. Here’s how to set different wallpapers on dual monitors on Windows 10 and 11.
You might want to see different wallpapers on each monitor of a dual monitor setup running Windows.
Having a different wallpaper on each monitor can make your desktop more appealing. This setting is hidden, but you can configure a Windows PC to add different backgrounds to each monitor—if you know where to look.
If you’re someone who collects wallpapers and likes to change things up from time to time, you’ll appreciate this tip. Here’s how to set different wallpapers on dual monitors on Windows.
How to Set Different Wallpapers for Dual Monitors on Windows
Once your dual monitor system is set up, you can put a different wallpaper on each one.
It’s worth noting that the procedure for adding another wallpaper to each monitor is virtually identical on Windows 10 and 11, but there are some minor differences.
Setting Different Wallpapers for Dual Monitors on Windows 11
To put a different wallpaper on each monitor on Windows 11:
- Right-click an empty area on your desktop and select Personalize from the context menu.
- When Personalization settings open, scroll down and click the Background option.
- When Background settings open, right-click the image you want to use and choose the monitor you want to display it on. For example, we’re setting a built-in Windows wallpaper to display on Monitor 2.
- If you need to know which monitor is which, open Settings > System > Display and click the Identify button. A number for each display will appear on the screen.
Setting Different Wallpapers for Dual Monitors on Windows 10
The steps to assign a different wallpaper for separate monitors are slightly different on a Windows 10 PC.
Use the following steps to put different wallpapers on each monitor on Windows 10:
- Right-click an empty area on the desktop and select Personalize from the menu.
- When the Background settings page opens, right-click a wallpaper you want and choose the monitor to put it on.
- To identify your monitors, open Settings > System > Display and click the Identify button. Just like Windows 11, the number for each monitor will display for a few seconds.
Personalizing Dual Monitors on Windows
Use the steps above to personalize dual monitors with individual wallpapers on Windows 10 and 11. You can use whatever wallpaper you want, whether it’s something you download or your own photos. Once you’ve gotten the hang of putting a different wallpaper on each monitor, check out these panoramic backgrounds for Windows.
Adding a different wallpaper on each monitor isn’t the only way to customize your Windows experience. For example, you can change the lock screen background. You can also enable Dark mode on Windows 11, or if you’re not on Windows 11 yet, you can enable Dark mode on Windows 10.
Windows has other tools for managing your monitor, like changing the monitor refresh rate.