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Dual Wallpaper

Friday, August 24th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement
 
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Q:
I use two monitors with my computer and I absolutely love it, but there is one thing that bothers me about it. The wallpaper on both screens is always the same. Is there any way I can make them different? I’ve tried to do it myself, but I can’t get it to work. Can you please help me?

A:
Oh, I love this question! I honestly can’t figure out why I’ve never covered this before. I also use two monitors for my computer here in the office and I’ve always had different wallpaper designs on each of them. (For example, right now, I have a picture of one of my dogs on one monitor and a picture of my other dog on the other!) That’s just the way the computer was set up when I started working here, so I guess, in a way, I always thought it was common knowledge. But now that I know it’s not, I can’t wait to share this information with you! You’re going to love having two different backgrounds, I just know it. So, let’s get started, shall we?!

Now, before I go any further, I understand that some of you don’t have dual monitors and even if you have two monitors to use, you may not know how to set them up. So, if you’re interested in having a dual monitor setup for yourself, just read through this tip. It gives you all the information you need to prepare your monitors and get them placed just right. It’s a simple procedure and once you’ve experienced multiple monitors at once, I don’t think you’ll want to go back to a single setup any time soon!

Okay, so once you have your monitors set in place, I can almost guarantee the first thing you’ll notice is that the wallpaper designs are exactly the same for both monitors. How boring is that?! So, if you want to do a little rearranging (which, who could blame you?!), keep on reading. Now, in order for this to work, you need to already have a wallpaper design chosen for your two monitors. Yes, it will be the same one, but we have to start with something! So, go ahead and find one design you would like to use for one of your monitors. We will then work to replace the other side with another picture so that you can have two different designs. One side will sort of be like a cover up, but no one will ever be able to tell.

Alright, here’s how to do it. Just follow these directions:

1.) First, right click on your desktop and choose Properties. The Display Properties dialogue box will then open.

2.) From there, click on the Desktop tab and then hit the Customize Desktop button.

3.) Once in there, click on the Web tab.

4.) Next, click on the New button and you will see two options you can choose from. One, you can either enter in a URL of a Web site that contains a wallpaper design you’d like to use. There are several sites like that online today, so if you have a favorite one, just type its address in the first box you see. Option two is using one of your own files. Maybe you have a picture you’d like to use for your other background. If so, hit the Browse button and just navigate through your files until you find the one you want. When you do, click Open and the file name will then show up in the second box. You can only do one of these two options for right now, so choose the one you want and then click OK. Click OK twice more to exit out of all the open boxes.

5.) You will now see the picture you selected sitting on your desktop. Scroll your mouse to the top of that picture until you see a little toolbar pop up at the very top of it. You’ll see two boxes and an X (they’re like the boxes you see in the top right hand corner of your Web pages. You know, the Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons).

6.) When you’re ready to finish up, drag the picture to whichever monitor you want it to be on and then hit the Maximize button, which is the very first box. The picture will then take over the other design you had and it will become your new wallpaper for that particular monitor. Cool, huh?!

7.) Next, right click on your desktop and choose Properties. Then click on the Desktop tab and hit the Customize Desktop button. Click on the Web tab and then checkmark the Lock Desktop Items option. That way, your image won’t be able to go anywhere else but where it’s at right now. Click OK three times when you’re all finished. (Note: When you maximize the new picture, it may throw your icons out of whack a little, so you’ll want to rearrange them before you lock your desktop as well).

That’s all you have to do! So, from now, you’ll have your original wallpaper design on one monitor and this new picture on the other. Plus, if you ever want to change either of them again, you know exactly how to do it. Also, if you ever want to get rid of that new picture right away, just scroll your mouse to the top of it and hit the X to close it out. Your desktop will then go right back to the way it was. Who knew it was so easy to have your dual monitors just the way you want them?! Give it a try today. It’s too cool to pass up!

~ Erin

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