Using multiple monitors is a blessing and a curse for Windows 10 users. Whether you use them for work or play, using two monitors makes it hard to ever go back to a single monitor.

If you love customizing your Windows 10 machine, having a different wallpaper on each monitor is a pretty cool concept. Whether you use multiple monitors to create a landscape across each one or simply want to highlight a theme, it can be done in Windows 10 rather easily.

Let’s look at how to set wallpapers on multiple monitors in Windows 10 so you can customize your setup to your heart’s desires.

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Using Different Wallpapers on Multiple Monitors

Before getting started, you want to make sure you’re using high-resolution wallpapers on each monitor. This will give you clarity and make sure things look beautiful between both monitors. Make sure each wallpaper is the same resolution size for the best results, too.

Now that you have the best wallpapers for your monitors, you can get started.

Use Cortana in Windows 10 to search for “Background settings.”

Background settings in Windows 10

Once open, you’ll be able to choose what type of background you want, choose your picture, and choose a fit. For best results, select Background: Picture and Choose a fit: Fill.

Now, you’ve set the wallpaper for your primary monitor by default.

To set your wallpaper for your second monitor, you’ll want to right-click on the picture you want on the second monitor.

Set wallpaper for specific monitor in Background settings

This will allow you to assign the wallpaper to a specific monitor, whether primary or secondary. Either “set for monitor 1” or “set for monitor 2” are your options; you can also set that wallpaper to “Set for all monitors” if you want it on both.

Different wallpapers on multiple monitors

If you have more than two monitors, you can further customize which wallpaper goes where by selecting the appropriate monitor.

Troubleshooting Wallpapers on Multiple Monitors in Windows 10

Sometimes when restarting your Windows 10 machine, your monitors may default to one wallpaper or another and you may need to jump back into the Background settings to set it up properly again.

This tends to do with the second monitor’s drivers not loading quick enough upon boot, so Windows 10 only registers the primary monitor and sets the wallpaper accordingly. This has been a known issue since Windows 10’s release so there’s no telling if/when it may ever be fixed.


When you use your computer often, setting it up the way you want is the key to being productive, comfortable, and more. Windows 10 allows you to customize a variety of functions, including the look and feel of the OS.

Setting up different wallpapers on multiple monitors is just one way to customize Windows 10 the way you want it.

Further Reading: How to Enable or Disable Adaptive Brightness in Windows 10