How to Use Multiple Windows 11 Desktop Wallpapers

How to Use Multiple Windows 11 Desktop Wallpapers


Having multiple desktop wallpapers on Windows 11 is a great way to add visual interest to your desktop. With just a few simple steps, you can set different wallpapers for each virtual desktop or monitor you have. In this guide, I will walk you through everything you need to know to use multiple wallpapers on Windows 11.


Before you can use multiple wallpapers on Windows 11, you need to make sure:

  • You are running Windows 11 on your PC. Multiple wallpapers are only supported on Windows 11, not previous versions of Windows.
  • You have more than one virtual desktop enabled. To check, right-click on the desktop and select “Show windows on all desktops” to enable multiple virtual desktops.
  • You have more than one monitor connected to your PC, if you want different wallpapers per monitor.

Setting Per-Desktop Wallpapers

Here are the steps to set different wallpaper images for each virtual desktop in Windows 11:

1. Select Wallpaper Images

  • Open File Explorer and browse to the location where your desired wallpaper images are saved.

  • Select all the wallpaper images you want to use. You need at least as many images as the number of virtual desktops you have enabled.

2. Right-click Wallpaper

  • Right-click on an empty space on the desktop and select “Personalize”.

3. Select Background Settings

  • In the Personalization window, click on “Background” at the top.

4. Choose Individual Wallpapers

  • Under Background, select “Individual wallpapers” from the dropdown menu.

5. Assign Wallpapers

  • You will now see thumbnails of your virtual desktops. Hover over each and click “Browse” to select the wallpaper image you want for that specific desktop.

  • Repeat this for each virtual desktop thumbnail.

6. Finish and Apply

  • Once you’ve chosen a wallpaper for each desktop, click “Done”.

  • Finally click “Apply” to confirm the changes.

The different wallpaper images will now be applied to each virtual desktop!

Setting Per-Monitor Wallpapers

To set different wallpaper images for each connected monitor or display:

1. Identify Monitors

  • Right-click the desktop and open “Display settings”.

  • Take note of which monitor is labeled 1, 2, etc.

2. Select Wallpapers

  • Select the wallpaper images you want and make sure you have one for each monitor.

3. Set Wallpapers

  • Return to “Background” in Personalization settings.

  • Under Background, choose “Span” from the dropdown menu.

  • Click on each monitor thumbnail and browse to choose the desired wallpaper for that display.

  • Click “Apply” when finished.

The chosen wallpapers will now show on your respective monitors!

Tips for Using Multiple Wallpapers

  • Make sure your wallpaper images are high resolution so they don’t look pixelated or blurry on the desktop.

  • Pick wallpapers that share a similar style or color palette for a cohesive look.

  • Use a consistent wallpaper on your primary desktop to avoid distraction when switching between virtual desktops.

  • Feel free to mix up your wallpapers regularly to keep your desktop looking fresh.

  • Check that your wallpapers are set as “Fill” rather than “Fit” or “Span” for best results.


If you don’t see your chosen wallpapers applied:

  • Restart your PC and try setting the wallpapers again from the beginning.

  • Check that virtual desktops are enabled and you selected enough wallpaper images.

  • Make sure your images are JPG, PNG or BMP format. Other formats may not work.

  • Try selecting “Fill” again as the background layout if wallpapers look distorted.

So that covers everything you need to know to use multiple desktop wallpapers on Windows 11! With just a few clicks, you can easily set different desktop backgrounds to match your style and preferences. Feel free to experiment and customize your virtual desktops.



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