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Windows 7: Two monitors to show two different desktop images?

11 Aug 2013   #1
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 
Two monitors to show two different desktop images?

I have researched this before coming here (though not exhaustively!) and downloaded SourceForge's DualMonitorTools-1.8. I thought the DualWallpaper.exe tool would do what I want, but no..

I have several dozen wallpaper pictures, which Windows 7 changes at random every 24hrs. I would much rather have my second monitor black however (as I have all my often-accessed shortcut icons on that one and they are not always as visible as they could be on top of a picture; it's also a different resolution from the main monitor, so pictures are cut off in any case). The DualWallpaper.exe tool, even though I select just the 2nd. monitor, turns both my monitors black however (I selected a Black.bmp file I made, the same size as the monitor resolution). I can't get the 1st. monitor to keep showing me my desktop pictures, as at present, whilst the 2nd. monitor is black, as per my bmp file.

Anyone know if I can do this with the software I have downloaded? Or otherwise?? (Don't really want to download anything other than freeware, 'small footprint' stuff, sledgehammer to crack a nut and all that..).

nVidia GTX660 GPU + nVidia Control panel, BTW ...

Thanks!

Martin


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11 Aug 2013   #2
YoYo155

Windows 10
 
 

I've read good things about DisplayFusion, but I don't have personal experience with it myself.
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11 Aug 2013   #3
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Will give it a try. Thanks.
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12 Aug 2013   #4
ganjiry

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

+1 for Display Fusion as it's without a doubt the best multimonitor software i've tried. It has a a lot of other usefull features too like multi monitor taskbar and managing the pic on the login screen. Plus many more.
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12 Aug 2013   #5
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

OK, I did have a look, but I was really looking for freeware (my PC software 'allocation' is way overspent already this quarter!), especially as I don't really need any of the other features, cool though they may be. It looks like the free version won't support one monitor having a changing desktop picture, only a static one, which would be a shame.

Thanks ...
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12 Aug 2013   #6
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Have a look at FREE Wallpaper Slideshow LT - Automatically change your desktop wallpaper and see if it will do what you want, I have not tried it so I don't know.

Jerry
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12 Aug 2013   #7
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

The online tutorial does show an option 'Different wallpaper on each monitor', so I'll download it and give it a try. Will post back results.. Thanks.
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12 Aug 2013   #8
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

This is a nice little programme, so thanks for the lead, but it doesn't seem to do what I wanted, that is, have desktop pictures change automatically on one monitor but keep the second monitor black, so I can see the icons clearly.

It does have the option to show different pictures from the same folder on each monitor though, which looks rather better anyway, so I'll keep it, even though it's not really what I was after. A pity you can't 'freeze' one of the monitors whilst having the other one cycle through the photos... The Pro version doesn't do it either, as far as I can see...
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12 Aug 2013   #9
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

(BTW, the software also allows you to set things so that the pictures are resized to fit each screen, rather than have the image on the monitor with the smaller resolution cropped to fit, so a definite improvement!).
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12 Aug 2013   #10
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Can you make a folder with 2 or 3 black images and let it be on the other monitor?

Jerry
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