How to Customize the Lock Screen in Windows 10

3 Oct

Microsoft first introduced the new Lock Screen feature in Windows 8, it is one of those many welcomed features. The good thing about the new Lock Screen is that it is capable of showing widgets, quick notifications, and custom wallpapers. These widgets and quick notifications are possible because of the modern apps. In fact, Windows does have a few default widgets and quick notification apps like Email, Weather, Time, etc. Here is how you can customize the Windows 10 Lock Screen with just a few clicks.

Open Lock Screen Settings

Opening the Lock Screen settings in Windows 10 is straightforward. To start, click on the Notifications icon and then click on the “All Settings” button. clip_image001

Here in the Settings panel, select the option “Personalization.”


Once the personalization panel has been opened, select the “Lock Screen” option on the left panel.


Alternatively, you can also open the Lock Screen settings panel by searching for it in the Start menu. clip_image007


Configure Windows 10 Lock Screen

Configuring Windows 10 Lock Screen is easy. The first obvious thing to customize in the Lock Screen is the Wallpaper, and unlike in the previous version, Windows 10 has three different options for the wallpaper selection.

The first option under Background is the Windows Spotlight feature. When enabled, Spotlight grabs some of the best and most stunning wallpapers from Bing and shows them as your Lock Screen wallpaper. These wallpapers change in set intervals so that you won’t see the same Lock Screen wallpaper every day. To enable the Spotlight feature, simply select the “Windows Spotlight” option.


The good thing about this feature is that you get to say if you like the wallpaper or not. If you don’t like a displayed wallpaper, then simply select “No” from the upper right corner, and Windows will instantly change it to another one. The Spotlight feature also suggests some of the best or top-rated apps from time to time.


However, the Spotlight feature is missing from the Pro version of Windows 10, and I’m not so sure about the Enterprise version. Pro users may get the feature soon enough. Windows 10 will be upgraded regularly.

The next option is to set the Background to Picture so that you can select your favorite image as the Lock Screen wallpaper. You can select one of the predefined Windows wallpapers under “Choose your picture.” Alternatively, you can select your favorite wallpaper by clicking on the “Browse” button. clip_image013

While using Picture Mode as your background, Windows shows some random fun facts, tips and tricks on your Lock Screen. If you don’t want them, simply toggle the option.

The final option is to set the Background to Slideshow. To set it, simply select the “Slideshow” option from the drop-down menu.

By default, the Pictures folder is selected, and any pictures in it will be shown as a slideshow on your Lock Screen. If you want to set some other folder, then click on the “Add a Folder” option. You can add as many folders as you like.


If you want to remove a folder from the Slideshow, then select the folder and then click on the “Remove” button.


By clicking on the “Advanced Slideshow Settings” link, you can configure a few different options like Screen Off time, including Camera Roll in the slideshow, etc.


When it comes to widgets on the Lock Screen, you can choose one app that can show the detailed status and up to seven apps that can show quick status notifications. To set an app, click on the Add button and then select the app from the list.


If you install more modern apps that can integrate well with the Lock Screen, you will have more apps to choose from in the quick notification list.

We are excited to be conducting classes on Windows 10, if you have the chance to take a Holland America cruise, please drop by one of our Digital Workshops.

For the Holland America Digital Workshop, powered by Windows, I am;

Frank Barcelona Techspert Noordam


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