Windows 10, multiple monitors - how to set wallpaper to tile correclty?

Eric Jack
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First off, this is 100% an annoyance that just happens to be bugging me, who may or may not have some degree of OCD! ;-)

How do you tell Windows 10 to begin tiling a wallpaper on the display that is set as the main display, instead of the display that just happens to be the one on the left? Read on if you want to see the too-much-information description.



I have 3 screens: My laptop which is open and used as an extra display is listed as display 1 in Windows. I also have two 24" monitors connected to the USB dock that is attached to my laptop, which are listed as displays 3 and 2.  Display 3 is set as the main (*) display. They are arranged on my desk as such:

[ 1 ] [*3*] [ 2 ]

Resolutions are set for 1920x1080 on the monitors (2 and 3) and 1600x900 on the laptop (1).

Now here's the thing - I was using a wallpaper that is 3840x1080 set to "tile". This would completely fill the 24" monitors. In Win7, the wallpaper's bottom left corner would start in the bottom left of display 3, so the two monitors had the whole wallpaper, and display 1, the laptop, would have a portion of the wallpaper repeated on it. This was fine.

Now that I've upgraded to Win10, the displays are set up in the same way, but the wallpaper is "starting" on display 1 instead of 3 (which is still set as the main display.)
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Nobody? Well, after days of fiddling with it and Googling different search terms, I don't think it's possible to designate which display the tiled image should "begin" on. In the end, I settled on using "Fill" with different images on each display. I'll just have to replace my screen-spanning panorama wallpapers with interesting single-screen images.

(In the end, it doesn't matter. I blew up Win10; the start menu got corrupted and I couldn't find any way to repair it completely, so I restored from the Win7 image I took just prior to the upgrade.)
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Nobody responded, so I had to make due with my own research.

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Erik, did you fiddle with changing the display order in the Display settings???

You can change the location of the display... e.g. Move display 2 to the left of display one and the image will start on display 2.You just drag and drop display whatever to the left hand side...  The one you have chosen as your primary display will still be your main display.
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If I drag the displays into a different order, then they are not "connected" correctly. In other words, my displays are currently listed like this:

[ 1 ][ 3 ][ 2 ]

That is where they are physically located. If I dragged display 1 to the right in the Windows settings, then if I wanted to move my mouse or a window onto display 1, I would have to go off the right edge of display 2! It would make for a lot of frustration.

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I understand better what you are saying now.  

Just to clarify, this is your physical configuration:

[ 1 ] [*3*] [ 2 ]

With 3 being the primary as stated above.  And what you want to see virtually is:

[ 0 ] [*1*] [ 2 ]

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What video card are you using?  I know that you have reverted back to Windows 7 but were you using the Windows provided drivers or did you download the latest from the core manufacturers website (NVIDIA, Intel or ATI)?

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My laptop sits to the left, then I have two 24" monitors center and right. Win10 is making the wallpaper start on the laptop display even though the first monitor (center) is set as the main/primary display. On Win7, it would start the wallpaper on the primary display, so the panoramic wallpaper would fit between the two monitors. The laptop would get the right end of a tiled 2nd copy of the wallpaper. I couldn't get Win10 to duplicate that behavior.

I updated to the latest Dell drivers for the Nvidia video adapter (the Win10 drivers.)

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Do you recall if the NVidia control panel was installed as well?  I believe that you could have used the NVidia control panel to configure this.  If not then you could have potentially used the MultiMonitorTool from NirSoft (or some other third-party control).

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/multi_monitor_tool.html

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I believe the NVidia control panel was installed. I don't recall seeing a setting for that, but I didn't think to look too hard there. If and when I upgrade/reinstall or get another system with WIn10 again, I'll check it out.

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Keep us posted.

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