One of the best features that the new Windows 10 can be proud of is its lock screen. The lock screen appears just before the login screen, where you enter your account credentials, each time you start up Windows 10. Microsoft made the new lock screen as powerful and customizable than it appears to be. It can serve up app notifications when your PC becomes idle, display your most treasured photos, and many more interesting stuffs.

Without further ado, below are some great ways on how to customize the Windows 10 lock screen.

Display Your Favorite Image as Background

Most Windows users set wide array of images as their desktop background. Some prefer to have their family photos displayed as their desktop background, while others prefer a more simple and refreshing image. For your information, Windows 10 not only lets you set your favorite photo on your desktop, it also lets you set just about any photo as your lock screen background. You have the option to either choose a picture from the set of default wallpapers, or specify your own.

To do this, go to the modern style Settings app, then tap or click on the Personalization icon. Then from the Personalization options listed on the left side of the screen, tap or click on Lock screen, and you will notice that on the right shows a bunch of settings such as a list of default images available, a preview window, and many others. Now, click on the Browse button, then select the custom image you want to used as the lock screen background. For best results, it’s recommended to select an image that matches your display’s current resolution.

That’s it! The picture you have selected will then automatically be set as your lock screen background, and will show up before the login screen each time you start up your Windows 10 computer.

Play Image Slide Show

Most of you have probably experienced being torn as to which picture of image you will use as your desktop wallpaper. It becomes even more difficult when it comes to choosing among your numerous family photos because all of them are equally important and beautiful. Windows 10 considered these things in mind that’s why it didn’t set any restrictions as to how many images you can use as the lock screen background. With the new Windows version, you can specify as many favorite pictures as you want and have them play on the Windows 10 lock screen as a slide show. The only thing you need to do is make sure that they are all in the same folder. You can even use the images in the Camera Roll folder on the PC and OneDrive.

To do this, open the modern Settings app, then click on the Personalization category. Then from the items listed on the left side, tap or click on Lock screen. Now, looking on the right side of the screen, tap or click on the drop-down menu just below Background, and then choose Slide show. Next, click on the Add a folder option and then browse to the folder where your favorite images are all saved. And you’re all set!

So the next time you log in to your PC, the lock screen will now display all your treasured pictures and favorite photos in a slide show fashion.

Display Notifications from Multiple Apps

One of the most incredible features of Windows 10 are the modern (formerly known as metro) apps, which were initially introduced along with Windows 8. Included in these tiles are helpful stuffs like live tiles, real-time notifications, and many more. But do you know that with Windows 10 you can also receive notifications from these apps even from your lock screen? Yep, you read it right. You can set up to seven modern apps and have them display quick status notifications on the lock screen. And it’s great because specifying the modern apps that can run in the background, as well as show a quick status on the lock screen, is super easy.

If you would like to try this out, head to the Settings app, and then tap or click on Personalization. On the left, click on the Lock screen option, and then look for Choose apps to show quick status on the right side. On it you’ll see seven square slots that will let you choose the seven apps that you would like to run with the screen locked. To choose an app or replace an existing one, just tap or click on a box, then select a modern app from the list that will pop up. Perform the same thing on the rest until you fill up all seven boxes with your chosen modern apps.

Now these modern apps you have chosen will then continue to run in the background, and will display quick status/notifications even when your screen is locked.

Show Helpful Windows Tips

Even if Windows 10 is considered as one of the most user-friendly operating systems ever developed, there may still be some users who feel overwhelmed and a bit confused with the endless list of features that it offers. This may be the main reason why the Windows 10 lock screen lets you display random helpful usage tips about the operating system. This means every time you see the lock screen, you’ll find a useful information about the new Windows version.

However, if you find this particular feature unnecessary, you can disable this functionality anytime you prefer. To turn off the useful tips and tricks displayed on the lock screen, start up the modernSettings app, then tap or click on Personalization. Again, tap or click on the Lock screen option on the left pane, and then scroll down a bit. Look for the Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen option. Simply toggle its virtual switch to Off to disable the feature, and you’re done!

Display Alerts Regarding Upcoming Alarms, Reminders, and More

Because of their nature of being multi-faceted, computers have the ability to replace a lot of daily use gadgets. For example, if you want to set up a reminder, you don’t need to write it down on a post-it and then paste on your fridge door. Same goes if you need to leave early the next day, it’s now unnecessary to set the alarm — because all you need is a Windows 10-powered computer. The Windows 10 lock screen can display important alerts regarding upcoming alarms, important reminders, and even incoming VOIP calls (from supported apps like Skype).

To enable this very useful feature, head to the modern Settings app, and then tap or click on the System icon. Next, tap or click on Notifications & actions from the list of categories on the left side. Next, look for Show alarms, reminders and incoming VOIP calls on the lock screen, then tap or click on the virtual switch to set it to On.

So there you have it! These are just some of the ways on how you can customize and maximize the lock screen area of your Windows 10 computer.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 9:58:14 PM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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