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Desktop Background - Change in Windows 8

  1. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by c627627 View Post
    Hello Brink, is third-party software required to set a Single Picture as Desktop Background for one Monitor and Slide Show for another monitor?
    Hello c627627,

    I'm not sure that's possible. Usually it's an either or setting.
    Last edited by Brink; 10 Sep 2013 at 11:40. Reason: added quote

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  2. #21


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    You are correct, Windows 8 only has an either/or setting. Third party software is required.
    I haven't been able to find any freeware that would allow Slide Show on Monitor 1 and Single Picture on Monitor 2. DisplayFusion freeware doesn't have this feature but DisplayFusion Pro does, I just tested it and it works. If anybody finds any freeware that can do this in the future, please post.
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  3. #22


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    Well, at least you have the DisplayFusion Pro option. To bad it's not free.
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  4. #23


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    I was not able to find any other program that can do this, pay-for DisplayFusion can do this and interestingly instructions on how to do this were not available until today, I had to contact the author.

    I wrote notes on how it is done:

    To have a single wallpaper on Monitor 1 and Random Wallpapers on Monitor 2:


    1. Enable single monitor only > Right click on DisplayFusion in Task Bar > Desktop Wallpaper > [upper center] Save As > Single Monitor > OK

    2. Right click on DisplayFusion in Task Bar > Monitor Configuration > [upper left] Save Profile... > New Profile > Single Monitor > OK

    3. [upper center] Manage Monitor Profiles > Click on Single Monitor > Wallpaper Profile button > Single Monitor > Close > OK


    4. Enable second monitor > Right click on DisplayFusion in Task Bar > Desktop Wallpaper > [upper center] Save As > Dual Monitor > OK

    5. Right click on DisplayFusion in Task Bar > Monitor Configuration > [upper left] Save Profile... > New Profile > Dual Monitor > OK

    6. [upper center] Manage Monitor Profiles > Click on Dual Monitor > Wallpaper Profile button > Dual Monitor > Close > OK
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  5. #24


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    Windows 8.1


    I haven't found it here so let me ask, How to change behavior of Windows 8.1 Slideshow to show the same wallpaper on both monitors (dual monitor setup) so it will be the same as Windows 7? Win8.1 has something I don't like, He is setting two different wallpapers for separate monitors while using slideshow, I want them both to be the same while using slideshow option. How to do it?

    PS: I really hate that different wallpapers are on different monitors... makes me not want to use slideshow anymore :/
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  6. #25


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Eshirou,

    The only way that I know of to have the same wallpaper on both displays' desktop is to set the displays to "duplicate" instead of "extend" the desktop in your screen resolution settings.

    Second Screen - Duplicate, Extend, or Switch Display in Windows 8
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  7. #26


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Eshirou,

    The only way that I know of to have the same wallpaper on both displays' desktop is to set the displays to "duplicate" instead of "extend" the desktop in your screen resolution settings.

    Second Screen - Duplicate, Extend, or Switch Display in Windows 8
    No this isn't the method, this makes second display useless, I want to make it work like in Windows 7 via a registry tweak or something.
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  8. #27


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    EShirou,

    Yeah, I don't like to duplicate displays either.

    It's not exactly what you may want, but you could set Picture position to Span to have the same image show across all extended displays.

    The same image will not show the same on both displays separately, but across both.

    Hope this helps.
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  9. #28


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    EShirou,

    Yeah, I don't like to duplicate displays either.

    It's not exactly what you may want, but you could set Picture position to Span to have the same image show across all extended displays.

    The same image will not show the same on both displays separately, but across both.

    Hope this helps.
    Wont this make the whole wallpaper a lil bit messy :/ ?
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  10. #29


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    64-bit Windows 10


    It really depends on the resolution/size of the images.

    If you have say two 1920x1080 (Horizontal x Vertical) displays, then the images would look best using Span if the image was 3840x1080 (2x1920 for 2 displays). Otherwise the image could be stretched to fit.
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