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Sync Multi-Monitor Random wallpapers

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David Martinez2
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I'm not seeing an option to sync the wallpapers for my 3 screens to the same image when selected randomly from a folder.

Windows 7 allows me to do this, but I'd rather use DF if possible. Screenshot attached for reference.

Jun 22, 2012  • #1
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It's not currently possible, but we're planning to add it in the future, so I'll be sure to post an update here when we do.

Jun 22, 2012  • #2
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Just a quick update to let you know that DisplayFusion 4.1 Beta 9 ( now provides the ability to use the same image on all monitors.

Jun 29, 2012  • #3
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David Martinez2
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That was quick! You guys rock, thanks!
Jun 29, 2012  • #4
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Roger Sinasohn
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A little tweak on this suggestion... Would it be possible to specify a different directory for each monitor and have it randomly display an image with the same file name but from the specified directory on each monitor? That is...

- image1.jpg
- image2.jpg
- ...
- image1.jpg
- image2.jpg
- ...

and then DF would randomly choose an image -- say, image13.jpg -- and display the file from the "left" directory on the left monitor and the file with the same name in the "right" directory on the right monitor.

And, for extra credit, it would be great to be able to specify a prefix or suffix for the images. That is, be able to specify that the images for the left monitor are in ".../left/" and have "_L" tacked on the end (as in "image13_L.jpg") while the images for the right side monitor are in ".../right/" and have "_R" on the end.

Now, you might say, "Okay, you weirdo, why not just leave the images whole and have them span across both monitors?" and I would respond that "I'm not a weirdo, I just wanted to crop out a suitable bit for the gap between the two monitors (and I didn't think of sewing them back together as a single image until just now.)"

So, anyway, if you're looking for something to do, this would be cool; otherwise, don't worry too much about it.

Oct 9, 2012  • #5
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It's an interesting idea, but one that would be fairly difficult to implement. However, we do have a bezel compensation feature on our request list, so I'll add your vote to it, as that would be more likely to get implemented :)

In the meantime, you can sort of do what you're asking by enabling the "Show in alphabetical order" checkbox on the Desktop Wallpaper settings, and setting the "Minutes between change" the same for both monitors.

Instead of being random, it will load the images in alphabetical order, at the same time.

Oct 10, 2012  • #6
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Denis Dogan
9 discussion posts
Sorry for looting a dead body, but...

It's interesting to find out, that I am not the only one with this wish to sync my wallpapers for all monitors simultaneously by their filenames.

I'd love to read that this "issue" had been resolved in the meantime.

My setup includes 3 monitors with each different resolutions and orientations.
(1.: 2560x1440, landscape,
2.: 1920x1200, landscape,
3.: 1080x1920, portrait)

So I went to collect wallpapers with a really high resolution from which I cut out 3 different parts for each monitor in their native resolution.
I saved them in 3 different directories, naming them (1).jpg, (2).jpg, and so on and set each monitor to their specific directory.

I had worked it out myself by checking "Show in alphabetical order" and setting all monitors to the same amount of time for changing their WPs (like Keith mentioned here).

In 3 of 4 transistions all works fine.

But from time to time, DF fails to change one wallpaper.
(monitor 1 + 2 both show (4).jpg from their specific directories but monitor 3 still shows its (3).jpg)

It is not always the same image failing but I guess it could be the same monitor, but I am not sure.

That would be an EIZO CS2420 (1920x1200) which differs from the other monitors by its color depth. It's got 10 bit instead of 8 bit. Maybe that's the problem?

Since this bothers me a bit, I went to set it back to one image pool and employed Photoshop to compose a huge fixed image (5560x1920) with a transparent background from all of the three specific images.

That works but it's a bit time consuming (if you want more that two different wallpapers). :D

I hope you guys have a solution or a nicer workaround in mind? :o;)


According to this thread
I could try this out to keep my wallpapers paired.
Will keep you up-to-date :)
Mar 7, 2019 (modified Mar 8, 2019)  • #7
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