What are the system requirements?

Multiscreen Blank requires a Windows PC running Windows 7 or greater, as well as the .NET Framework 4.5.

Will there be a Mac or Linux version?

No. A lot of Multiscreen Blank's functionality is very specific to how Windows works so making Mac and Linux versions would essentially require a complete rewrite.

What are the different installation types (full vs standalone)?


Multiscreen Blank was historically released as a standalone application – download the .exe, put it somewhere, and use it that way. The .zip file includes a configuration file pointing to your user directory so settings can stay with each computer, or you can delete that file to save configuration in the same directory as the main .exe file. To update, you will need to manually download the .zip and copy the necessary files where they belong.

Full Installer

The full installer makes it much easier to install, update, and uninstall Multiscreen Blank – just double-click the downloaded file and let it guide you through everything needed. You can use it to install for all users (with administrative privileges) or for the current user only.


Here is a comparison of each installation type.

  Full (All Users) Full (Single User) Standalone
Portable install to removable media No No Yes
System PATH integration – launch command line from anywhere Yes Yes (user) No
Optimized launch performance Yes No No
Automatic/in-place updates Yes (UAC prompt) Yes No

How do I remove all traces of the standalone version from my machine?

Starting in version 2.6.0, you can go into the About page of Settings and click Uninstall, or use the command line multiscreenblank2 /uninstall.

For prior versions (or if you deleted the program already), see these instructions to manually remove the desktop context menu and auto-start entries.

How can I upgrade from a standalone installation to a full one?

Ideally you should remove the previous standalone version first, but you don't have to. The auto-run and desktop context menu entries will be updated; if

By default, the standalone version saved its configuration to your user profile folder so your settings should automatically apply to the newly-installed version. If you saved the configuration file elsewhere, you will need to manually copy the old one to %appdata%\Nookkin\MultiscreenBlank if you want to preserve your settings.

How do automatic updates work?

By default, Multiscreen Blank will check for updates but won't automatically download or install them. You can configure it to automatically download updates and prompt to install at startup, or download and install automatically with no user intervention (aside from a UAC elevation prompt if necessary).

Full installations will update in place with just a few clicks. For standalone installations, you will need to download the .zip file and manually copy the program files, but you will still be notified when updates are available.

How can I help you with Multiscreen Blank?

  • Recommend the software to others. Get the name "Multiscreen Blank Image Editor" out there. (Just don't spam others, please.)
  • Write a review of Multiscreen Blank on your blog or in a video. Be sure to send me a link when you're done!
  • Test the software and file meaningful bug reports.
  • Provide constructive criticism and suggest features you would like to see. That's how future versions of Multiscreen Blank are made better.
  • Use Multiscreen Blank as part of your daily life. It's not just an image editor. Several people I know find the standalone Multiscreen Blank color picker to be very useful when writing HTML pages, for example, even if they do not use Multiscreen Blank itself for image editing.

Can I redistribute Multiscreen Blank?

You may distribute the Multiscreen Blank installer within your circle of friends, family, and coworkers. Likewise, you are encouraged to link to either the Multiscreen Blank website or official Facebook page to spread the word!

You may not host the Multiscreen Blank installer on a publicly-accessible website or include it on software anthologies without my explicit permission. It goes without saying that you may not make money from distributing Multiscreen Blank.

Why is the installer blocked as an unrecognized program?

Multiscreen Blank is not signed because code-signing certificates cost significant amounts of money (at least $100 per year), and since I make no money from Multiscreen Blank, there is currently no incentive for me to pay. I will sign the installer and all related executables once I get a code-signing certificate for a paid application or when Multiscreen Blank gains enough popularity to justify the investment. For now, you will need to allow the unsigned program to run; scan it with your anti-virus tool if you don't trust it.