How to set different background for virtual desktops on Windows 10

You can now set a custom wallpaper for each virtual desktop, and here's how on Windows 10 build 21337 and higher.

Virtual Desktops with different backgrounds

Windows 10 now lets you choose a different background image for each virtual desktop you create. The ability to customize the desktop background has been available for a long time. However, it was limited to the main desktop or monitor, meaning that no matter how many virtual desktops you had, changing the wallpaper in one desktop would change it for all.

Starting with build 21337 and higher, Microsoft is updating the feature to allow you to customize each virtual desktop with a different background. While this is a subtle improvement, 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 10.

How to change virtual desktop background on Windows 10

Set different background image per virtual desktop with these steps:

  1. Open Task View on Windows 10.

    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 desktop (if applicable).

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

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

    Change background settings
    Change background settings
  5. Select the image to set a new background for the virtual 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 10 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.

If you do not see the option, you are not using the version that supports this feature. The ability to change the background image per virtual desktops is available starting with build 21337 and higher.