How to Customize Windows 8 Lock Screen

How to Customize Your Windows 8 Lock Screen

2013-05-31 06:24:17 / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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"How to customize Windows 8 lock screen?"

Windows 8 has introduced a lot of new features, for instance, the lock screen. Desktop or laptop users may not find this useful while at home. However, this lock screen means a lot to those who constantly carry the device is in his bag pack or handbag. The lock screen saves users from any accidental taps of the devices.

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The Windows 8 Lock Screen is made up of the background photo and the apps that you can gain direct access with just a tap on the icon. This article will cover how to change the background and the apps as well as how to disable Windows 8 lock screen.

Tips: If you are looking for ways to unlock Windows 8 password, please check this article: How to Reset Windows 8 Password.

Change Lock Screen Background

You can also change the image that appears on your lock screen with simple steps.

  • Step 1: Access in "Settings" in the Charm Bar by clicking "Change PC Settings" at the bottom of the section.
  • Step 2: In PC Settings, open the Personalization tab to show all the customization options. Select Lock screen here to personalize it.

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  • Step 3: Browse through the images available from Microsoft for Windows 8, or upload an image from your own photo library. And you can change the lock screen image now.

Optimize and Change Lock Screen Apps

Lock screen widgets – known as "lock screen apps" in Windows 8 – allow you to view information at a glance. Apps added to the lock screen are allowed to run in the background when your PC is locked so they can keep updated with new information displayed on the lock screen.

After the background photo is settled, you will see an option that allows you to select apps displaying on lock screen. Tap an icon and select the app you want in that location. If you do not want any or some lock screen apps, you can select "Don't show quick status here" option. A user can select a maximum of eight apps for the Windows 8 lock screen.

Disable Windows 8 Lock Screen

If you are just not accustomed to the lock screen, you can get rid of the lock screen with simple steps showing below.

  • Step 1: Open the Local Group Policy Editor by clicking the Start key, type gpedit.msc, and press Enter.
  • Step 2: Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization.
  • Step 3: Double click "Do not display the lock screen," and select Enabled from the dialog that pops up. Click OK.

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