Streching one background over two displays?

By magaman598
Aug 5, 2011
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  1. Is there any way to do this within windows? I've been tinkering quite a bit with it and the only thing I've found is doing it through software.

    Anyone have any ideas?
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,256   +110

    Cut it in half?
  3. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 275

    Even if I did that I'd get the same picture on both monitors
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,256   +110

    You would? So you have to use the same picture for each monitor? Oh, too bad, I don't know.
  5. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,291   +43

    PURE GUESS

    Display properties has options Centre, Tile and Stretch. Only tile is likely to give good results, and even then, the original image must probably have the exact dimensions of one screen

    e.g If one monitor is 1280x1024 pixels, that would have to be the size of your background file, stored in (typically) C:\windows\web\wallpaper as a JPG

    Or alternatively, create an image 2560x1024 Make it only 256 colours if you are short of memory.
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +97

    As above. I do it buy creating an image the total width of my displays combined in pixels, by the height.

    E.g. I have 1920x1080 on one display, and 1680x1050 on another. So I make the wallpaper 3600x1080 pixels, and then set it to span in the wallpaper settings and it then fills the desktop space entirely.
  7. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 275

    I've tried the tile and stretch options but I haven't had any luck, I also have 2 1920x1080 displays and the dimensions of the desktop are 3840x1080 and I have the wall paper as the same but I haven't had any luck.
  8. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 275

  9. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +97

    Well you need a background thats near the size you want to use, otherwise when you resize it, it will look awful.

    Here is mine in W7:

    [​IMG]

    Here are the settings:

    [​IMG]

    I appologise, you need to set the wallapaper to span in Linux, not in Windows. For Windows 7 you set it to tile, as per the above images.
  10. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 275

    This is my result

    [​IMG]

    Uploaded with ImageShack.us

    The image gets duplicated vertically
  11. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,291   +43

    Possibly your video driver gives two fingers to Windows own display settings - I would look at the video card features. On the face of it, your image is much smaller than the desktop and is being tiled four times.

    @leaky - gorgeous picture !!
  12. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +97

    Yeah, the actual image to be used has to be the total size of your displays in pixels. In my case thats 3600x1080 pixels.

    @gbhall; thanks dude :) I love it so much I use it as my standard wallpaper in W7 and Linux. :D
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,846   +61

    If you have Photoshop, or the like, you can create a new document and drag one or more images to it and then stretch duplicate,crop, etc or whatever you want to do with it. You can then save the new desktop in the personalization/desktop.

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  14. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 275

    You lost me there Red. =P

    I'll poke around in my Nvidia control panel and update my drivers and I'll get back to you guys
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,846   +61


    What I was trying to say is that if you have a photo editing software, you can create your own custom multi monitor resolution wallpapers and save them in windows 'personalization'.

    *** oh...nevermind :p
  16. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 275

    Oh how dare you say that word. =P
  17. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,846   +61

    What was I thinking !?:D:p
  18. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 275


    I don't know, you tell me!?!?! :grinthumb:approve:
  19. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +97

    Only word I can think of with three *'s is tit... And I'm sure you didn't mean that Red! :haha:
  20. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 275

    At least that'd solve the problems with 'Customization' eh? ;):D
  21. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +97

    I prefer real ones... Though I do hear silicone implanted versions are better than they used to be. :haha:
  22. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 275

    I've also heard that, but then again, try not to get any pins near em eh?

    That'd be an expensive fix. :D
  23. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 275

    Leeky, any possibility of getting a few screenies of your settings and such to see if I'm setting something wrong?
  24. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 275


    Had one of the monitors refresh rate at 59 Hz instead of having them both at 60, could that be a problem?
  25. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 275

    Bingo!

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