How to change the lock screen picture in Windows 10

In this guide, we show you how to change the lock screen picture in Windows 10. This is the image that is displayed when your computer is locked. Lots of people customize their desktop background but surprisingly few change the lock screen picture.

It is very easy to do and below we provide simple instructions on how to change the lock screen picture. It is worth noting that the picture you choose should be large enough in size and quality to cover the entire screen.

How to change the lock screen picture

How to change the lock screen picture in Windows 10

  1. Go to the desktop (Shortcut is to press the Windows key and together)
  2. Right-click any blank area of the desktop
  3. Select Personalize from the menu
  4. Select the Lock screen tab on the left
  5. Under the image of the lock screen, you will see the word Background
  6. Below that is a drop-down menu with the words Windows Spotlight, Picture, or Slideshow.
  7. Select Picture
  8. Below you will see an option to select the picture you want to be the desktop background.
  9. If the picture you want is there simply select it, otherwise select Browse and navigate to the picture location.
  10. Once selected you can change the way the picture appears on the desktop in the next dropdown list. Fill will select a single image for the entire desktop.

How to change the lock screen picture to a slideshow in Windows 10

There are also options to have a slideshow of pictures. To do this you will first need to create a folder of the images you wish to use in the slideshow. Then follow the steps below to change the lock screen picture to a slideshow.

  1. Go to the desktop (Shortcut is to press the Windows key and together)
  2. Right-click any blank area of the desktop
  3. Select Personalize from the menu
  4. Select the Lock screen tab on the left
  5. Under the image of the lock screen, you will see the word Background
  6. Below that is a drop-down menu with the words Windows Spotlight, Picture, or Slideshow.
  7. Select Slideshow
  8. Under the section Choose albums for your slideshow you will need to click Add a folder
  9. You will need to navigate to the location of the folder containing your chosen lock screen images.
  10. Click the button Choose this folder to select it.
  11. There are further options if you click the Advanced slideshow settings
  12. These options include the ability to only use images that fill the entire screen and options regarding turning the screen off.
  13.  Once you have decided close the window.

If you would like to pick from other professional photos, Microsoft has a bunch of desktop images available which you can use on the lock screen. Click here to see them. You can also Google ‘desktop backgrounds’ There is an abundance of images; most will be free of charge.

Always exercise caution if you download files. There is also an option to change the lock screen apps, if you would like to know more, click here.

Windows Spotlight

Windows 10 also has a feature called Windows Spotlight. This feature selects images and sometimes advertisements it thinks you will like based on your feedback for the desktop and lock screen backgrounds.

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