A Multiple-Monitor Wallpaper Tracker
by Nitemice, 2015
- Windows 8/10 with native wallpaper slideshow enabled
- about 1 megabyte of free space on hard disk
- about 30 megabytes of free memory
wpTrackerCS is a simple program that provides a notification icon to inform the user which monitor's wallpaper changed last, and at what time.
wpTrackerCS is too simple to have an installer. Just copy the .exe to wherever you want to use it from. I suggest you create a new folder at
C:\Program Files\Nitemice Software, and put in there, but it's totally up to you.
If you want wpTrackerCS to run at startup, create a shortcut to it in
C:\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup for just your user, or
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup for all users.
You may also want to make the icon always visible in the system tray, by following the steps set out here by How-To Geek.
wpTrackerCS save a setting (your chosen check interval) to a settings file in
C:\Users\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\wpTrackerCS. If you would rather not have this feature, you can use wpTracker (v1.3), which is exactly the same program, but written in VB and without this feature.
Once you've run wpTrackerCS, you should see an icon in the system tray that looks like a screen with a number on it. The number indicates which monitor's wallpaper changed last. This icon will automatically update, by default, every 30 seconds.
If you put your mouse over the icon, you should see a tooltip which says "Last WP Change: Screen X @ Y:YY AM/PM", with X being the number of the screen which last changed, and Y:YY AM/PM being the time that it changed at in 12hr time. This is also updated when the icon is updated.
To open the options screen, simply double-click on the icon, or right-click on it, and choose "Open Options".
From here, you can change how often the program checks for wallpaper updates, by changing the value in the number box. This value is remembered between runs by saving the value in application settings (See '3. Installation' for more details about this).
To hide the Options screen again, you can either click the "Hide Me!" button, or simply close the window as you normally would.
If, at any point you want to force an update of which wallpaper changed last, you can either right-click on the icon and choose "Update Now", or open the Options window, and click the "Check Now!" button.
To exit the program, right-click on the icon and choose "Exit".
- Version History
- 3.3.0 (14/02/2015) : Altered registry path & added some support for 4-16 monitors
- 3.2.0 (27/10/2014) : Updated registry-checking mechanism to be more robust
- 3.1.0 (5/9/2014) : Rewritten in C#, added interval-saving feature
- 1.3 (11/8/2014) : Added time-checking of when last wp change occurred
- 1.1 (25/5/2013) : Initial release build, added support for up to 3 monitors
- 1.0 (19/3/2014) : Initial concept build
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