So, you want to set up a dual monitor wallpaper? It’s pretty simple once you know how to do it. So, get your dual-monitor wallpaper and I’ll show you how to use it!
Skip the first part if you are already using your dual-monitors. If you are new to dual-monitor setups, then I recommend to read the first part as well.
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Your Dual-Monitor Setup (Requirements)
You can set up dual monitor walllpapers quite easily. This is even possible when you have two monitors of a different size, e.g. 19″ and 22″ (like me). Of course, the best setup for a dual-monitor wallpaper is to have two monitors of the same size, if possible from the same vendor.
Depending on your graphic card, you might only have a DVI-D (digital only) connector and a VGA or only two DVI-D connectors. You will need to figure out what connector types your graphic hard provides and then buy a DVI to VGA adapter if necessary. In the best scenario, you have two new LCD-monitors and a graphic card with two DVI-D connectors for your dual-monitor setup.
Dual Monitor Requirements:
- Graphic Card that supports two monitors
- Two Monitors (can be both VGA, one VGA/one DVI or both DVI)
- DVI to VGA adapter (if necessary)
DVI Connector Types
- DVI-D (digital only)
- DVI-A (analog only)
- DVI-I (integrated – digital and analog)
- M1-DA (integrated – digital and analog, and USB)
Set Up Dual Monitor Wallpapers
1. First download a tool called DisplayFusion: Download DisplayFusion (latest version 3.2.0 as of right now) which is needed to set up dual monitor wallpapers properly.
2. Install it.
3. When you’re done, don’t reboot. Click on the new blue icon in your system tray (right-bottom corner of your screen) and click on Desktop Wallpaper
4. Next, check out the many settings, then click on the button Load from and select My Computer from the dropdown
5. Now the dual-monitor is loaded and you should get a preview. Make sure that the option: “I want the background to span the entire desktop” is checked and then you can select a size mode from the dropdown (as seen below):
6. Click on Apply and you will be rewarded with a nice dual-monitor wallpaper. Awesome! Geekness +1! You now know how to set up a dual-monitor wallpaper properly, but here are some more tips:
The size modes are very similar to the position modes in Windows 7 (Stretch, Fill, Tile). If you want to set up a dual monitor properly you will need to find the best size mode for the wallpaper resolution. Let’s say the wallpaper is too large for your dual-monitor setup, then you might want to select Stretch as your size mode, as it will give you the best results. However, if you have a dual-monitor wallpaper that is too small, your desktop background might be pixelated (you will start seeing the pixels of the wallpaper image), which is basically a quality loss that you might know from digital camera zooms. Anyway, if this happens you might want to try
- Fit Best and maintain Aspect Ratio (No Clipping)
- Fit Best and maintain Aspect Ratio (Clip Edges)
- Fit Width and maintain Aspect Ratio
- Fit Height and maintain Aspect Ratio
You will quickly figure out if the dual-monitor wallpaper that you downloaded is any good. Keep in mind, the larger the better. You can always stretch large wallpapers, but if you stretch small wallpapers there will be a quality loss.
Ok, you now know how to set up dual monitor wallpapers. Here’s an example:
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