How to Personalize the Lock Screen in Windows 8.1


Our latest Windows 8.1 – New Features training course, taught by Microsoft expert Erin Olsen, covers the changes, modifications, enhancements, and brand new features that are part of Windows 8.1 and the Windows 8.1 update 1. In this post, we’ll be focusing on one lesson from the course: how to personalize the lock screen.

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In this course, Erin covers a number of important lessons, including booting directly to the desktop, start screen enhancements, updates to tiles, and easier power down options. She also looks at enhancements and new features related to the interface, Windows 8 apps, personalization, and how to keep your computing environment safe and secure. However, Erin states that the lock screen is perhaps the most obvious modification in Windows 8.

In Windows 8.1, the lock screen can be further personalized, and even allows users to perform some basic functions without having to formally log in. Now, you can view a text message without having to unlock your phone. To personalize the lock screen, go under PC Settings and choose PC and devices, then choose Lock screen.

One of the enhancements in Windows 8.1 is allowing you to choose the image that appears not only on the desktop, but also on the start screen and the lock screen. You can choose from the pre-defined images, or you can browse your computer to pick from any of your images. You can also choose to play a slideshow, from either the pictures app or the pictures folder.

Learn more about personalizing the lock screen in the tutorial video below, taken from our Windows 8.1 – New Features training course, taught by expert author Erin Olsen.




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