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Personalizing the Lock Screen

You can also personalize the Lock screen, shown in Figure 5.6, which you see when you first start or begin to log into Windows. You can change the background picture, as well as add informational apps to the screen.

Figure 5.6

Figure 5.6. The Windows 8 Lock screen.

Changing the Lock Screen Background

To change the background picture you see on the Lock screen, follow these steps:

  1. Display the Charms Bar and click or tap Settings to display the Settings panel.
  2. Click or tap Change PC Settings to display the PC Settings page, shown in Figure 5.7.

    Figure 5.7

    Figure 5.7. Personalizing the background image on the Lock screen.

  3. Click or tap Personalize in the left column.
  4. Click or tap Lock Screen in the right panel.
  5. Click or tap the thumbnail for the picture you’d like to use.

    OR

  6. To use your own picture as the background, click or tap the Browse button.
  7. When the Files screen appears, as shown in Figure 5.8, navigate to and click or tap the picture you want to use, then click or tap the Choose Picture button.
    Figure 5.8

    Figure 5.8. Selecting your own picture for the Lock screen background.

Adding Apps to the Lock Screen

The Lock screen can display a number of apps that run in the background and display useful or interesting information, even while your computer is locked. By default you see the date/time, power status, and connection status, but it’s easy to add the following apps to the Lock screen:

  • Calendar
  • Mail
  • Messaging
  • Weather

To add one or more of these apps to your Lock screen, follow these steps:

  1. Display the Charms Bar and click or tap Settings to display the Settings panel.
  2. Click or tap Change PC Settings to display the PC Settings page.
  3. Click or tap Personalize in the left column.
  4. Click or tap Lock Screen in the right panel.
  5. Scroll down the Lock Screen panel to the Lock Screen Apps section, shown in Figure 5.9.

    Figure 5.9

    Figure 5.9. Selecting apps for the Lock screen.

  6. Click or tap a + button to display the Choose an App panel, shown in Figure 5.10.
  7. Click or tap the app you want to add.
    Figure 5.10

    Figure 5.10. Choosing a Lock screen app.

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