5 ways to customise your Windows 10 lock screen and make it productive

5 simple and creative ways to customise your Windows 10 lock screen and make it productive
Windows 10

The lock screen is the first thing you see each time you’re about to work on your PC. But most people just don’t see as they quickly hit a key and type in their password to unlock the machine. The Windows 10 lock can be set up to show notifications, date, time, photos in the background, etc. Below are a few way you can customise the Windows 10 lock screen and make it come alive.

Choose your background

For the lock screen background, you have 3 options: Picture, Slideshow or Windows Spotlight. With the picture option, you can pick one of your photos for the background. The Slideshow options allows you to choose a whole of photos instead of just one photo. The Windows Spotlight picks photos from Bing’s homepage.

To set the background photo, go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen > Background.

Put Cortana on the lock screen

You can make Cortana work for you even from behind the lock screen. This will let Cortana perform basic tasks, like looking up information or the weather. Note that, other people can also chat with Cortana and may be a privacy issue.

Go to Settings > Cortana and toggle on Use Cortana even when my device is locked.  If you want Cortana to access your personal info, you check the box for Let Cortana access my calendar, email, messages, and Power BI data when my device is locked.

Turn on/off notifications

Lock screen notifications is quite useful. But they can also be read by any passer-by – another privacy issue. To turn them on/off, go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions. Now continue to Show notifications on the lock screen and toggle it on/off.

Add apps

You can add up to eight apps on the lock screen. To select the apps, go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen. Then, select Choose an app to show detailed status or Choose apps to show quick statuses. You can now tap a box to pick an app.

If you don’t want to show apps, click each box and set the app to None.

Change your sign-in screen background

The sign-in screen background has two options: A solid colour or the photo displayed on your lock screen. To display a photo, go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen. Now toggle on Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen.

To use a solid colour, leave it toggled off. Now to choose the colour, go to Personalization > Colors and pick an accent colour.

Hide your email address

On another privacy issue, Windows 10 allows you to obscure your email address on the sign-in screen. To toggle it off, go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options. You now move to Privacy > Show account details (e.g. email address) on sign-in screen.


Hope this will make your lock screen quite lively and productive other than the mundane style.

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