Personalizing Windows 8 : Personalizing Your Lock Screen (part 1) - Choosing a New Lock Screen Picture

10/1/2012 1:16:03 AM
The first interaction you have with Windows 8 each day will likely be in the form of your Lock screen. The Lock screen is the first screen you’ll encounter, displaying whatever image you’ve selected and showing you—thanks to badges that connect to some of your favorite live tiles—which items need your attention. You might touch the Power button in the morning and see instantly that you have 46 new email messages, 17 instant messages, and a text message to respond to. Good thing you made the coffee strong today!

You can customize the look of the Windows 8 Lock screen by changing the picture displayed or choosing your own favorite badges. Windows 8 gives you a number of photos to choose from, or you can use one of your own personal images if you like.

>>>step-by-step: Choosing a New Lock Screen Picture

You’ll use the Settings charm to get to the tools you need to personalize your Windows 8 startup experience.

1. On the Windows 8 Start screen, swipe in from the right or move the mouse to the lower right corner of the screen to display the Charms bar.

2. Tap or click Settings and the bar expands to display a number of setting icons.


3. Tap or click More PC Settings. The PC Settings window appears, with the Personalize category selected.


4. Tap or click one of the thumbnail pictures below the selected photo if you want to use an image Microsoft has provided for your Lock screen picture.

5. If you want to use one of your own images for your Lock screen, tap or click Browse. The Files window appears, displaying pictures and folders in your Pictures folder.


6. Tap or click the photo you want to use. If you want to choose a photo that is in one of the folders displayed, tap or click the folder and then select the photo. A small checkmark appears in the upper right corner of the image you selected.

7. Tap or click Choose Picture. The new image is added to the preview area in Personalize settings.


Saving Your Changes—Not

Yes, it’s a little hard to get used to, but there’s no Save Changes button in the Personalize settings, so you just have to trust that Windows 8 really did make the change you selected. Windows 8 is designed to save incrementally as you work, so it’s not that unusual that you wouldn’t need to take a specific action to complete the operation. But if you’re one of those people (like me) who likes to wrap things up neatly, not having a Save button is a little disconcerting.

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