I am a multi-monitor Windows Vista user ever since I got hooked on multiple monitor at work. Two monitors make doing multiple tasks at one so much easier. If I am working on an article or trying to be creative in Photoshop, everything is just much easier because I always have multiple applications open at once. One feature that I wish I had as soon as I purchased my two monitors and hooked them up was the ability to stretch my wallpaper across both monitors. I wanted to use a very large and wide photo as my background that would like cool displayed across both monitors. Something like the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco or a cityscape.
After installing and uninstalling Ultra Mon, a third-party shareware utility that I heard is great for multi-monitors, I wanted a easier solution and not something that I had to run in the background. A few weeks go by until I accidentally stumble across how to natively stretch your wallpaper across multiple monitors.
Follow these steps in to display a large image across multiple monitors:
- Right click on the background and select Personalization.
- Click on Desktop Background
- Select a background image that is at least as wide as the combined resolution of both of your monitors. For Example, I have two 19” monitors that have a resolution of 1280x1024. I need an image of 2560x1024 or greater so that it can be displayed across both monitors.
- Next, this is the step that most users would never even think about trying: Select the Tile picture positioning option as shown below. This is the only option that will display your background image across multiple monitors.
- Hit OK
Your background image is now displayed across both monitors instead of having the same image displayed on both monitors.