Regardless of how much you use your Windows 8.1 computing device — whether it’s a tablet, laptop, or desktop — you’ll likely see a lot of the Windows 8.1 lock screen. It’s there when you log in, and it’s likely there when you’re waking the device up from sleep mode. Since we see the lock screen often, why not swap out the default lock screen image and put something a bit more personalized there? So let’s get started: Follow the steps below to change the Windows 8.1 lock screen image.
1. Login to Windows 8.1 and navigate to the Start screen.
2. The following outlines three quick ways to find your Windows 8.1 lock screen settings:
Finding the Windows 8.1 lock screen settings. (Image: Jeff James)
3. In the list of search results that appear on the right side of the screen, select on Lock screen settings.
4. Now you’ll be in the PC and devices screen. The menu option Lock screen will be highlighted by default on the left side of the screen, and you’ll see the currently selected lock screen image on the right side of the screen. Some available images are listed below the currently selected image, but you can select browse to look for additional images.
The Windows 8.1 PC and devices screen: Lock screen settings. (Image: Jeff James)
5. If you want to enable or disable an image slideshow that appears on your lock screen, there’s also an on/off slider for the functionality below the lock screen preview.
Windows 8.1 lock screen: slide show settings. (Image: Jeff James)
One noteworthy feature of Windows 8/8.1 is the ability to choose special lock screen apps that run in the background and can show information on your lock screen, even when it is locked. I personally use this feature to select apps that display the current weather, date/time, my next calendar appointments, latest Skype messages, and Twitter account tweets.
1. To add a new app to your lock screen, click the plus sign to open the Choose an app menu.
Adding an app to the Windows 8.1 lock screen. (Image: Jeff James)
2. From the Choose an app menu select the app you want to add to your lock screen.
Another lock screen option that might be available depending on your hardware configuration is a camera option. I use an original Microsoft Surface Pro tablet on a daily basis, and the camera functionality can be inadvertently activated by swiping down on the screen. I don’t like having to mess with turning this off after an accidental screen swipe, so let’s disable it.
1. In the Camera section, move the slider from On to Off.
Turning off the Windows 8.1 lock screen camera functionality. (Image: Jeff James)
Your changes will be saved automatically when you exit.
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