Ways to Personalize Windows 10 Lock Screen

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Most people mostly overlook the Windows 10 lock screen. Did you know that you could do a lot more on your lock screen apart from entering the password? Probably not! You can tweak the lock screen to display notifications, reminders, data and time. You can also personalise it by inserting pictures for the backdrop.

  1. Choose your background

You can either set an image or slideshow as the lock screen background or use Windows Spotlight. When you choose the Windows Spotlight option, it will enable you to choose HD pictures from Bing. These pictures will get cycled regularly. Here’s how you can select the background:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Personalization.
  • Select the Lock screen.
  • Click on Background.
  1. Adding apps

In order to get the most out of the lock screen, users can insert a maximum of 8 applications to appear on the lock screen. One application can be set to display the details. Other apps will show quick status. Here’s how you can select apps to appear on the lock screen:

  • Click on Settings.
  • Go to Personalization.
  • Select the Lock screen.
  • Select one app to display the detailed status
  • Select the apps to reveal quick status.
  1. Put Cortana on the lock screen

Users can communicate with Cortana from the Lock Screen. To enable this feature, here is what you need to do

  • Go to the Start menu and click on Settings.
  • Select Cortana.
  • Turn on the option for using Cortana even when the device is locked.
  • Now, Cortana will be able to complete basic stuff, like checking the weather, even when the Windows 10 computer is locked.
  1. Change your sign-in screen background

Users can also select the backdrop for the sign-in screen. Either the picture set on the Lock Screen can be configured to display on the sign-in screen, or one can select a solid color. Here’s how you can set a photo as the sign-in screen background:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Personalization.
  • Select Lock Screen.
  • Turn on Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen option.

In order to select the color, do the following:

  • Navigate to Personalization
  • Select Colors.
  • Choose the one you want.
  1. Hide your email address

In order to bolster your privacy, you can hide the email address from the sign-in page. Here’s how you can hide it:

  • Navigate to Settings.
  • Click on Accounts.
  • Select Sign-in options.
  • Click on Privacy.
  • Click on Show account details on sign-in screen.
  1. Turn off notifications

While receiving notifications on the locked screen is handy, shoulder-surfers can also view them. Here’s how you can disable them:

  • Go to the Start menu.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Select System.
  • Click on Notifications and actions.
  • Select Notifications on the lock screen.
  • Disable it.

Kat Kristian is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2001. As a technical expert, Kat has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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