I know that most people use one monitor, the one on their laptop or the one on their desktop, but for a select category of people it’s normal to have two or more monitors on their desk. I’m talking about engineers, architects, graphic designers, programmers, journalists and such, so why stare at a plain monitor background when you can express yourself with a cool wallpaper that expands nicely over your screens. Imagine you have to leave the office for a coffee and instead of a nice dual monitor wallpaper, you leave behind an ugly small tiled wallpaper.
In this post I’ll be showing you where you can find the best dual screen monitor wallpapers to download for free. Probably there are paid sources for dual monitor wallpapers (and normal screen backgrounds), but why pay when you can get them for free, right?
How to set up a dual monitor image in Windows
Even if setting up a wallpaper in various Windows version is a different process don’t worry, as the simple way to get there is be right clicking on your desktop and select Properties of Personalize. You’re being taken now in a window where you look for Wallpaper or Desktop Background link. That’s the easy part, but here’s a trick you didn’t know: if you don’t want to mess with third party programs that set up two images you usually have on your had drive for a dual monitor setup on those screens it’s easier to just combine the two images into one picture that’s the same resolution as your total workspace combined.
Let me give you an example. Say you have two monitors with 1280 x 800 pixels screen: you need a 2560 x 800 pixels image if your monitors are one right next to another or 1280 x 1600 pixels if the monitors are on top of each other (that’s unlikely, unless you’re a Wall Street broker). If the monitors have different resolutions use a program like DisplayFusion or build an image that’s two times the resolution of the biggest monitor (you won’t see parts of the image on the smaller monitor). And by small and big I mean resolution.
Places to download free dual monitor wallpaper packs
Now let’s head on to my favorite list of sites where you can find free dual monitor wallpapers for download. I’m sure there are plenty other resources out there, but this is the ones I prefer to use myself:
- DualMonitorBackgrounds.com – good selection of wallpapers, grouped by category, but no way to sort by popularity
- Smashingtheme top 50 – nice to read and pick your own
- Interfacelift.com – huge collection of wallpapers with possibility to sort them any way you like
- DualScreenWallpaper.com – good collection with option to view the most downloaded
That’s my list for now, but if you have any other interesting sites I’ve missed let me know and I’ll update this post.