How to Per­son­al­ize the Win­dows 11 Lock Screen

Krima Desai

Personalizing the Lockscreen of your Windows 11 computer is a first step to make the system looks yours. Microsoft has made the Lockstreen more customizable with Windows 11 apart from adding several other features and improvements.

How to Personalize the Windows 11 Lock Screen

With that, Microsoft has updated the interface of Windows 11. Apart from personalizing the Start Menu, you can customize the Lock screen too. This means that your previous lock screen customization settings have been reset when you updated to the new OS.

However, the streamlined menus make personalizing your operating system easier than ever. Keep reading to see exactly how you can alter the look and functionality of your lock screen.

How to Personalize Your Lock Screen

While Windows 11 lets you customize the Lock screen, but Microsoft has yanked out a few things. For starters, the Windows 11 no longer supports multiple lock screen widgets, but you can use widgets otherwise on your computer. That said, you can use a widget that will appear at the bottom. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Right-click on an empty space on your desktop to bring down the contextual menu and select Personalize.

Select Personalize

Step 2: Click on the Lock screen option from the personalization settings menu.

Personalization settings menu

Step 3: Select the drop-down next to 'Personalize your lock screen' option to choose between Windows Spotlight, Picture, or Slideshow.

Personalize your lock screen section

Keep in mind that for Windows Spotlight to work, your computer needs to be connected to the internet since it automatically downloads new backgrounds daily.

The Slideshow option allows you to choose a folder that contains photos and automatically rotates them from time to time. Lastly, Picture will make it possible to choose an image file from your computer and set it as your lock screen background.

Step 4: Click on the drop-down menu from the Lock screen status to choose the widget that you want to be displayed at the bottom of the lock screen

Lock screen status to choose the widget

The widgets that you will see in the list depend on what applications you have installed. If you’ve just updated, the only widget options will be the stock ones like Mail to show your emails and Calendar to display your appointments.

Productivity, financial, or shopping apps offered through the Microsoft Store are more likely to contain lock screen widgets. Currently, software that is manually installed using executable files does not appear in the widget list.

Step 5: Enable the 'Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen' option. That will allow Windows to display your lock screen wallpaper on the sign-in screen.

Enable or disable the Show lock screen background picture

You will only see the PIN security screen if you have set a password for your user account. Also, the themes that you install and apply will not have any impact on your lock screen.

Additional Settings That You Can Change

The Lock Screen personalization page also contains related settings that affect how your lock screen behaves. You can change how long the display stays active when you’re not using your computer by taking the following steps:

Step 1: Open the Settings app, click on Personalization and select Lock Screen on the right-hand pane. Then, click on Screen timeout.

Select screen timeout

Step 2: Select the Screen and sleep option.

Select screen and sleep

Step 3: You can modify the two values and set the timeout to anything from 5 minutes to Never.

Modify the two values to set the timeout

Some of these settings will only be useful if you’re using a laptop. You can also set a screen saver to appear on your display when you’re not using your computer:

Step 1: Open the Settings app, click on Personalization and select Lock Screen on the right-hand pane.

Step 2: Select the Screen Saver from the Lock Screen personalization page.

Select the screensaver

Step 3: Open the drop-down menu under the Screen Saver section. That will open another pop-up window.

Select the dropdown menu from the list

Step 4: Select a screen saver from the list.

Select the screensaver from the list

Step 5: Modify the Wait value to set how long Windows 11 waits before displaying the screen saver. That means the screen saver will show up only after the time you specify.

Modify the wait value in windows 11

You can also check the 'On resume, display logon screen' option which will show the logon screen option whenever you want to use your computer again.

Personalize the Lock Screen

Although Microsoft has reduced some of the personalization freedom that Windows 10 had offered, you can still tweak the operating system to look however you want.

Everything from the Start menu to the taskbar and cursor can be customized. Follow the steps presented above and make your Windows 11 installation reflect your personality.


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