Lock screen

Updated: 06/16/2017 by Computer Hope

Windows 8 Lock screenThe lock screen is a new feature introduced with Windows 8 and also available in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It displays an image, the time and date, and can even show your preferred apps such as your calendar, messages, and mail, all while your computer is locked. The picture shows the Windows 8 lock screen.

Tip: To lock the computer and show the lock screen, press the Windows key+L.

How to adjust the Windows Lock screen

How to adjust the Windows 10 Lock Screen

In the Search box on the Taskbar, type "lock screen" and click on the Lock Screen Settings option. Once in the Lock screen settings, you can preview the current settings, adjust what apps show in the lock screen, and adjust the timeout.

How to adjust the Windows 8 Lock Screen

  1. Open the Charms by moving the mouse to the right side of the screen or pressing the Windows key+C key on the keyboard.
  2. In Charms, click Settings.
  3. In the PC settings menu, click More PC settings at the bottom.
  4. In Personalize, under Lock screen, select the picture you want to use for the Lock screen.

Tip: At the bottom of the Lock screen section is Lock screen apps, which allows you to add and remove apps from the Lock screen.

Getting out of the Lock screen

There are several ways to unlock the lock screen. Press the spacebar, press Enter, touch your finger and flip towards the top of the screen, or click your mouse and flick towards the top of the screen.

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