Recently, I was working with a colleague on a problem when I happened to notice that they had some rather unique Windows PC desktop wallpaper. Each of their two monitors had a different image associated with it. Even more interesting, the images were two halves of a larger image, thus forming a wide panoramic view across the pair of monitors. I'd had no idea that was an option, at least not an obvious one.
Brian credited Michael with showing him how this can easily be done by choosing a Panoramic theme for Windows (thanks, guys!), then he showed me how too:
- Right click the Desktop.
- Choose Personalize....
- Choose Get more themes online (this link is near the center right hand side of the window).
- Choose Panoramic (dual monitor).
- Pick from a wide variety of panoramic themes.
Awesome sauce! Yet at the same time, not quite good enough. Where's the ability to pick one's own images for this feature? After a little more snooping around on the Interwebs and I found my new favorite toy: the Dual Wallpaper tool, part of the open source Dual Monitor Tools package.
These tools do not require installation, so anyone may use them (no help desk call required). Just unzip the package and double click. Once you've got the Dual Wallpaper app running, then:
- Select one or both monitors.
- Click Browse... to select an image.
- Choose a Fit method.
- Click Add Image to apply the adapted image.
- Repeat as needed for the other monitor.
- Click Set Wallpaper.
You can set up either one large panoramic image that spans both monitors, or choose two completely separate images, setting one on each monitor.