Display Background Image across multiple monitors

Posted in Windows 7, Windows Vista by Steve Sinchak

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:

  1. Right click on the background and select Personalization.
  2. Click on Desktop Background
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. Hit OK

Your background image is now displayed across both monitors instead of having the same image displayed on both monitors.

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