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Windows 8: Configure the lock screen

At first sight, the lock screen - the one that appears when you start the computer - doesn't appear to do anything, expect perhaps, to get in the way. You'll spend plenty fo time dragging it out of the way. However, it can be turned into a useful feature and you just need to configure it in the PC Settings.

At the Start screen, move the mouse into the top right corner and then when the panel of charms appears on the right, click Settings. Click More PC settings at the bottom of the panel and the PC settings screen is displayed. Select Personalize in the left list if it isn't already selected and on the right make sure that Lock Screen is selected at the top.

There is a large preview of the lock screen and below are several alternative pictures to display on the screen. Click the one you want to use.

Windows 8 lock screen

Below the images are lock screen apps. These are able to display information on the lock screen and there are seven slots. Click one of the icons and a menu is displayed containing the apps that are capable of displaying information on the lock screen (not all apps are). Choose from Mail, Calendar, Weather, Messaging and so on. Your list of apps may be different to mine because it depends on the hardware and software. For example, on a laptop there could be an app to display the battery level, and apps downloaded from the store may appear here too.

Windows 8 lock screen

Below these apps is one more item that is used to display detailed information. Scroll down the screen a bit if you can't see it and then click the button and choose an app as before. You may want to select your calendar or the Weather or some other app that provides detailed information. (Not all apps do.)

You can lock the computer instantly by holding down the Windows key and pressing L