How to Set Wallpaper Per Monitor in Windows 11

In this article, we will show you how to set wallpaper per monitor in Windows 11. Latest Windows versions apply a wallpaper image to all monitors by default. Still, users have an option to specify background pictures for each screen (per-monitor wallpapers). If you use Windows 11 and virtual desktops, setting per-monitor wallpapers may become a little confusing.


Keep  in mind that you need to activate Windows 11 before changing any personalization-related settings, including the desktop background. Also, we recommend you to disable or remove apps that customize Desktop image background in Windows 11, since they can interfere with your steps.

To set individual wallpaper for each display in Windows 11, do the following.

Set Wallpaper Per Monitor in Windows 11

  1. Press Win + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the Personalization > Background.Windows 11 Personalization > Background
  3. Select Picture from the Personalize your background drop-down list.Select the Picture option
  4. Click the Browse Photos button and select the image you want to set as the Desktop background.Click on Browse button
  5. Right-click the picture in the Recent images section and select Set for monitor 1, Set for monitor 2, and so on (depending on how many monitors you use).Set Wallpaper Per Display in Windows 11
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to set another image as the background for other displays.

You are done.

Tip: Windows 11 has many default wallpapers with variants for light and dark themes. Learn how to find default Windows 11 wallpapers in our dedicated article.

Fix Windows 11 showing the "Set for desktop" option instead of "Set for monitor"

Windows 11 will not allow you to set per-monitor wallpapers if you use more than one virtual desktop. Right-clicking a picture in the Settings app, for some reason, will show you the "Set for desktop" menu instead of "Set for monitor."

"Set for desktop" menu instead of "Set for monitor."

To fix that, press Win + Tab or click the Task View taskbar button. Now, delete all virtual desktops.

Delete virtual desktops

Finally, set wallpapers for each display as described in the previous chapter.

Once done, restore the previously deleted virtual desktops.

That is how you set per-monitor wallpapers in Windows 11.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple. You can stay in touch with him on Twitter.

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