Going Vertical: Portrait-Mode Desktop Backgrounds
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I recently replaced a six-year-old low-end Dell monitor with an Eizo FlexScan SX2462W, a widescreen mid-level monitor with many good features for photo work. Having moved from this setup to one now with two widescreen monitors, I decided to put the extra monitor on its side, vertically, so that the long edge is up and down. (You can see it in this photo.)

So, now having one portrait-oriented monitor, I suddenly had no photos to use as its desktop background. Especially since it's the “extra” monitor, and by default will be unused unless I'm doing something particular with it, I wanted to have some nice photos to cycle through on the background, so I quickly and skimmed through the portrait-oriented photos I'd posted in the past and somewhat haphazardly picked a bunch to make desktop-background images with.

I'm not quite sure whether all of these will work out well in practice, but for what it's worth, here they are, an even 60 selections...

If you're interested in these for yourself (how many people use portrait-oriented monitors?), clicking through brings you to the post that includes the photo, where you can then find vertical desktop background versions for download.

Since setting up my monitor this way, when I've been out and about with the camera I've kept an eye out for scenes that might be appropriate for a vertical desktop, so once I get around to posting about recent outings in more detail, I'm sure there will be plenty of fall-foliage vertical desktops. Such posts containing one will be added to my blog's “Vertical Desktops” category....

All 7 comments so far, oldest first...

Those are all so gorgeous! I must admit I’ve been using some of your photos as desktop wallpaper unedited. Hope that’s okay.

— comment by Christine on November 28th, 2010 at 3:47am JST (13 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey,

What are your thoughts on your new monitor? Planning a new post? I’m looking to replace my Samsung LCD’s some days, and I appreciate the importance you put on value 🙂


I like it a lot… if you’ve never had a good monitor, the colors can be shocking. Just make sure to calibrate/profile it so that you’re seeing what the image intends. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sebastien Benoit on December 15th, 2010 at 12:14am JST (13 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, did youever take that snap of your screen monitor vertical set ups? If you did, maybe you could add it to the list of things to post!
Am hooked on your moss temple photos for my desktop at the moment. They get general oohs and aahs of appreciation from all visitors and I say – Hey go look at the rest of the collection on your blog!!!
Thank you so much for all that effort. Hoping that the health is holding up ok in 2011.

The problem with posting a snapshot of my screens is that I have to clean (at least the visible portion of) my office if I want to post the photo without shame, and my desire to avoid shame is stronger than my desire to clean my office, so office photos don’t show up often. But, there’s one in my post a month ago about some prints hanging in my office. Having cleaned my office just last month for that, I wouldn’t expect further office photos this decade. —Jeffrey

— comment by Annie Robinson. London on March 24th, 2011 at 7:06am JST (13 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Now that is what I call a tidy looking office (noted that if it’s not in the frame it doesn’t exist of course)…and I like the double monitor…but you’re right – quite enough for one decade!!! Annie

— comment by Annie Robinson. London on March 24th, 2011 at 5:56pm JST (13 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

So I finally find the best post of all your blog. Many many many thank for these greeat wallpapers!

— comment by Luis Fabian on May 31st, 2011 at 8:45am JST (13 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

You are a true artist. I’m in such an awe that we had a chance to get to know you!!!

— comment by Anne on September 26th, 2012 at 5:31am JST (11 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I’ve just found your blog, love it!
I’m interested in your vertical monitor … Can I ask how you mounted it ? I’d like to do the same with my Dell and also treat myself to an Eizo.
I live in South Australia.
Thanks, Mary

It came with a stand that could handle either orientation. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mary on July 24th, 2015 at 8:14pm JST (9 years ago) comment permalink
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