A graphic depicting a single wallpaper spanning two monitors

When setting up a computer for the first time, a lot of users will customize their desktop wallpaper to add their own personal touch to their device. By default, multiple monitor setups will repeat the wallpaper chosen on all the monitors. But in this blog, we are going to show how you can find and use wallpapers that span across your multiple monitors, which can create a unique looking desktop background for your setup!

For Best Results

First, a disclaimer. Setups like these with a background spanning multiple monitors tend to work best with displays of identical screen size, orientation, and resolution. These backgrounds may look distorted or misaligned if spanned across monitors where one or more of these traits are different. Some paid utilities such as DisplayFusion can help in these scenarios, but we will not be diving into that today.

As an example, I will be showing a setup with two 1920 x 1080 displays on Windows 11, but the same steps can be applied for Windows 10 (notes for macOS users down below).

Choosing a Wallpaper

The first step will be finding a wallpaper that you would like to span across your monitors. While any wallpaper will work, a good rule of thumb is to look for a wallpaper with a resolution of all of your monitors combined. For example, if you have two 1920 x 1080 monitors side by side, a 3840 x 1080 wallpaper will span these monitors perfectly without any cropping or distortion.

Below is a table with some common multi-monitor resolutions:

Combined Resolutions of Common Multi-Monitor Setups
モニター数
Resolution of Each Display 1920 x 1080 2560 x 1080 2560 x 1440 3440 x 1440 3840 x 2160
2 3840 x 1080 5120 x 1080 5120 x 1440 6880 x 1440 7680 x 2160
3 5760 x 1080 7680 x 1080 7680 x 1440 10320 x 1440 11520 x 2160

Because this setup has two 1920 x 1080 displays, I found this wallpaper that had a resolution of 3840 x 1080, simply by searching for “3840 x 1080 wallpaper” in a search engine.

3840 x 1080 wallpaper

Changing The Background

Once you have your wallpaper chosen, we’ll want to access the ‘Background’ settings. To do this, simply right click your desktop and select ‘Personalization’. Once in the Personalization menu, select ‘Background’ which should be the first option.

Next, you can select ‘Browse Photos’ and select the wallpaper that you picked out.

Screenshot of the Background settings with the Browse Photos button circled

Spanning The Image

The final step to making this image span across your monitors is to navigate to ‘Choose a fit for your desktop image’ and select ‘Span’.

And that’s it! You now should have a wallpaper that spans across your displays. Here are the results of this example:

Image of the finished example with the wallpaper spanning across both monitors.

For Mac Users:

This ability to span a wallpaper across multiple monitors is unfortunately not natively supported on macOS. However, there do appear to be some utilities that people have created to allow Mac users to do this. My favorite is Fresco, which is a free app that allows you to span an image across your displays, while also adding some other functionalities to setting up your desktop background! The main page linked above has a number of tutorials to help you understand the capabilities of this app.

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I hope this blog post helped teach you a neat way to customize your desktop with beautiful panoramic wallpapers! If you are wanting to achieve a setup like this, but only have a single monitor setup, then it might be time to upgrade to a multi-monitor setup! Luckily, we here at Plugable offer numerous ways to add additional displays to your setup. Check out these products below, or feel free to reach out to support@plugable.com if you need help choosing one that's right for your setup!

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