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How to Set Different Wallpapers on Multiple Monitors on a Mac

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If you run a multiple-monitor setup on a Mac, it’s easy to add some personal zing to your productivity experience by setting a different desktop wallpaper for each monitor. Here’s how.

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First, click on the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of the screen and select “System Preferences.”

Launch System Preferences from the Apple Menu on a Mac

In System Preferences, click “Desktop & Screen Saver.”

Select Desktop & Screen Saver in Mac System Preferences

If you have more than one monitor attached to your Mac, a window will pop up on each one.

On the primary monitor, you’ll see a window titled “Desktop & Screen Saver,” which is the usual method of setting your wallpaper in System Preferences. Use this window to select which image you’d like to display on your primary monitor’s desktop.

Primary Desktop wallpaper settings window in System Preferences on a Mac

On other monitors, you will see a smaller window titled something similar to “Secondary Desktop,” depending on which monitor it is. Use this window to select the image you’d like to display on your secondary monitor. Repeat this step with any other displays you have.

Secondary Desktop wallpaper settings window in System Preferences on a Mac

When you’re done selecting the images you’d like to use, move your cursor back to the primary display and close “System Preferences.”

If you’re looking for great Mac wallpapers, check out this amazing archive of official Apple wallpapers that stretches back all the way to the PowerPC era. You can also download free tools that can provide new high-quality wallpapers every day.

RELATED: Four Tools That Automatically Download Stunning Wallpapers Every Day

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Benj Edwards is a Staff Writer for How-To Geek. For over 14 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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