How to Change Virtual Desktop Background in Windows 10  

    How to Change Virtual Desktop Background in Windows 10

    How to Change Virtual Desktop Background in Windows 10

    Published by Category: Virtualization
    17 Mar 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Change Virtual Desktop Background in Windows 10


    Task View is a Virtual Desktop manager in Windows 10 that allows you quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple virtual desktops. Create custom additional desktops to group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you choose. This makes multitasking and organizing your opened apps much easier.

    Virtual Desktops help you cognitively separate different tasks on your PC, including helping to create work-life separation. They can be swapped into view, letting you shift your work from one desktop to another. Instead of juggling multiple windows, you can switch between Virtual Desktops to multitask.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 21337 and later, you can now customize the backgrounds for each of your Virtual Desktops.

    Once you have changed the background of a Virtual Desktop, you will see your new background when you switch to that Virtual Desktop, and in the preview thumbnail in Task View.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the background of each or all Virtual Desktops to a selected picture for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: Change Virtual Desktop Background in Task View
    • Option Two: Change Virtual Desktop Background in Settings






    OPTION ONE

    Change Virtual Desktop Background in Task View


    1 Open Task View (Win+Tab).

    2 Right click or press and hold on a Virtual Desktop (ex: "Desktop 3") you want to change the background for, and click/tap on Choose background. (see screenshot below)

    How to Change Virtual Desktop Background in Windows 10-choose_background_for_virtual_desktops-1.jpg

    3 Continue on at step 2 in Option Two below.






    OPTION TWO

    Change Virtual Desktop Background in Settings


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    2 Select Picture in the Background drop menu on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    3 Under Choose your picture, click/tap on one of the five recent or default images you want as your background.

    If you like, you can click/tap on Browse, navigate to and select an image you want, and click/tap on Choose picture.


    4 Select to have the picture fill, fit, stretch, tile, center, or span on your displays in the Choose a fit drop menu.

    5 Under Choose your picture, right click or press and hold on an image you want to change the background to, and either click/tap on Set for all desktops OR Set for desktop and click/tap on the Virtual Desktop (ex: "Desktop 1") you want to change the background for.

    If you do not click/tap on Set for all desktops OR Set for desktop and click/tap on the Virtual Desktop (ex: "Desktop 1") you want to change the background for, then the selected picture will be applied to the current desktop.


    6 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

    How to Change Virtual Desktop Background in Windows 10-choose_background_for_virtual_desktops-2.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink





  1. Posts : 211
    Windows10 21H2 x64 Home, Single language, build 19044.1706
       #1

    Hi Shawn@Brink,
    I am using W10 21H2 build 19044.1566 Home and there is no option to set different backgrounds for virtual desktops. In Task View context menu there is only the option to "Rename" virtual desktops not to "Change Background", while in (context menu) Personalize, Background setting, Picture, there is no option to select a desktop (either context menu or left click) Is this option perhaps not available for Home versions, do you know?
    Thanks
    Frank
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    FrankW said:
    Hi Shawn@Brink,
    I am using W10 21H2 build 19044.1566 Home and there is no option to set different backgrounds for virtual desktops. In Task View context menu there is only the option to "Rename" virtual desktops not to "Change Background", while in (context menu) Personalize, Background setting, Picture, there is no option to select a desktop (either context menu or left click) Is this option perhaps not available for Home versions, do you know?
    Thanks
    Frank
    Hello Frank,

    I'm afraid this feature wasn't available until Windows 10 build 21337. Of course this went to Windows 11 instead, so I don't know when/if this will be available for Windows 10 now.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 211
    Windows10 21H2 x64 Home, Single language, build 19044.1706
       #3

    Brink said:
    Hello Frank,

    I'm afraid this feature wasn't available until Windows 10 build 21337. Of course this went to Windows 11 instead, so I don't know when/if this will be available for Windows 10 now.
    Thanks Shawn, I already suspected this. I am just now playing with Task View with VD and like it better than minimizing my apps, different VD backgrounds would make it even more appealing to use. I will upgrade to W11 when it is offered, still worry a bit about my Outlook 2013, Acrobat 8.1 and Office 2000 apps that may give problems in W11.
    Frank
      My Computer


 

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