How to Change Virtual Desktop Wallpaper in Windows 10

You can now set a different wallpaper for each virtual desktop. Here are the steps to change virtual desktop wallpaper in Windows 10.

Long back, Microsoft added the virtual desktop feature to Windows 10. From then on, with each new major update, Microsoft either tweaked or added something new to the virtual desktop feature. For example, with the last major update, Microsoft allowed renaming virtual desktops. This allowed users to properly manage their workflow.

Up until this update, there is no way to set different wallpapers for each virtual desktop You can only set one wallpaper across all virtual desktops. However, with the current update, you can now set custom wallpaper as the desktop background for each virtual desktop. This will make it easy to recognize the virtual desktops at a glance. No need to see its name via the “Win + Tab” shortcut.

The good thing is, it is nothing complicated to set a desktop background on the virtual desktop. All you have to do is find your favorite wallpaper and choose the ‘set a desktop background’ option.

In this quick and simple Windows 10 guide, let me show the steps to change virtual desktop wallpaper or desktop background in Windows 10.

Change virtual desktop wallpaper from ‘Win + Tab’ screen

The first and easiest way to set virtual desktop background is via the ‘Win + Tab’ screen, also known as the Timeline screen.

  1. Press the “Win + Tab” shortcut.
  2. Right-click on the virtual desktop of your choice.
  3. Select “Choose a background.”
  4. Click the “Browse” button in the Settings app.
  5. Find the wallpaper of your choice and select it.
  6. Click on the “Open” button.
  7. With that, you set a new wallpaper for the virtual desktop.

First, press the “Windows key + Tab” shortcut on your keyboard or click on the “TaskView” icon on the taskbar to open the Timeline screen. Next, right-click on the virtual desktop on your choice and select the “Choose background” option.

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In the browse window, go to the folder where the wallpaper is, select the wallpaper, and click on the “Open” button.

That is it. With that, you have changed the virtual desktop wallpaper in Windows 10.

Change virtual desktop wallpaper from file explorer

You can also change the virtual desktop background directly from File Explorer. Here’s how.

  1. Go to the virtual desktop of your choice.
  2. Open the File Explorer in there.
  3. Go to the folder where you saved the wallpapers.
  4. Right-click on the wallpaper of your choice.
  5. Select the “Set as desktop background” option.
  6. With that, you set a new wallpaper for the virtual desktop.

First, go to the virtual desktop on which you want to change the wallpaper. You can do that using the virtual desktop keyboard shortcuts. Once you are here, open the File Explorer with the “Win + E” keyboard shortcut.

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Now, go to the folder where you saved your wallpapers. Here, right-click on the wallpaper of your choice and select the “Set as desktop background” option.

As soon as you do that, Windows will set that wallpaper as the background for that virtual desktop.

That is all. It is that simple to change virtual desktop wallpaper in Windows 10.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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