I recently set the desktop background on a two-monitor Windows 8 machine to point at a folder full of pictures. These are not photos but are sourced from a variety of places so their sizes and aspect ratios vary wildly.
Windows 8 is trying to be smart about these pictures and in my opinion is not doing a great job of it. I am looking for some settings or options that will let me teach it what I want.
Specifically, some of the pictures were very much wider than they were tall (more than double) - these were mostly hero images from websites. Windows 8 thinks the best thing to do with these is span them across both monitors (and no, I had not selected Span) so I see half the image on each monitor. Worse, for one image I see half a black screen and half a screen containing the leftmost quarter of the image on the screen I use most, with the rest of the image on the other screen. I fixed this by opening the images in an editor and adding black bars above and below them to make them close to HD resolution. Now I see the image all on one screen as before. I would rather not have to do that - is there an approach other than editing the image to prevent spanning?
Some of the images appear to be skipped. I can't see why, because if I right-click one and "Set as Desktop Background" it's happy to do that. What might make an image in a slide show background get skipped and how can I change either the image or my settings to prevent that?