How to change Desktops background on Windows 11

You can now set a custom wallpaper for each virtual desktop, and here's how on Windows 11 and higher.

Windows 11 Desktops different background

Windows 11 lets you choose a different background image for each Desktop (formerly Virtual Desktops). The ability to customize the desktop background has been available for a long time, but it was limited to the main desktop or monitor, meaning that no matter how many Desktops you had, changing the wallpaper in one desktop would change it for all.

Starting with this new version of Windows, Microsoft is now updating the feature to allow you to customize each desktop with a different background. While this is a subtle change, it can improve the ability to identify each desktop in Task View at a glance and know where you are more quickly.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to change the background for virtual desktops on Windows 11.

Change virtual desktop background on Windows 11

To set a different background image per desktop:

  1. Open Task View on Windows 11.

    Quick tip: You can click the Task View button in the taskbar or use the Windows key + Tab keyboard shortcut.
  2. Click the New desktop button to create a new virtual desktop (if applicable).

  3. Right-click the desktop and select the Choose background option.

    Choose background

  4. On the “Background” settings page, under the “Personalize your background” section, click the Browse photos button.

    Settings Background

  5. Select the image to set a new background for the desktop.

  6. Click the Choose picture button.

  7. Repeat steps No. 4 and 5 to change the wallpaper for the remaining desktops.

Once you complete the steps, each virtual desktop on Windows 11 will have a different background image.

Alternatively, you can also jump to the desktop, open the Settings app, and change the background from the Personalization settings.