Five Ways to Customize the Windows 10 Lock Screen

Windows 10 Lock Screen Tips

The Windows 10 Lock Screen has several new features compared to previous versions. You can tweak its settings to customize it to work best for you.

Windows 10 Lock Screen

Windows 10’s Lock Screen has several new and useful features compared to previous versions. It offers a lot of options by default as well as ways you can tweak settings to customize it to work best for you.

Turn Off Lock Screen Ads

One thing I think most people can agree on is that seeing ads on your lock screen is not a good thing. For example, in the screenshot below you can see the company is advertising its own Microsoft Edge browser. These are like ads you often see in the Start menu for games and other apps from the Windows Store.

Windows 10 Lock Screen

Ads for Microsoft Edge and other MS products display on the lock screen.

To turn the ads (suggestions as Microsoft calls them) head to Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen. Make sure your Background is set to Picture or Slideshow. Then turn off the option to get facts, tips, tricks and more on the lock screen. For full instructions and more, read our article: How to Turn Off Windows 10 Lock Screen Ads.

Lock Screen Settings

Add Cortana to the Lock Screen

If you find that you use the digital assistant Cortana a lot, adding it to the lock screen makes it much easier to access. You don’t even need to log into your PC first. You need to make sure the “Hey Cortana” feature is enabled and then hop into its settings a and flip the switch to add it. For full step-by-step instruction read: Windows 10 Tip: Put Cortana on the Lock Screen

Cortana Lock Screen

Hide Your Email Address on the Lock Screen

Since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft allows you to hide your email address on both the lock and sign-in screens. If you’re privacy conscious and using your laptop in a public location, you might not want your email address to display for all to see. The cool thing is hiding it is easy. Just head to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options > Privacy and turn off Show account details (e.g. email address) on sign-in screen.

Change the Background

If you want to spruce up the lock screen one thing you can do is set it to display a different background. Just head to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen. Then under Background select Picture, Windows spotlight, or Slideshow.

lock screen background

The Slideshow option is cool if you want to use a collection of your images of family trips or other events. There are also advanced settings like including your camera roll from OneDrive and more.

advanced slideshow

Bing Daily Images

While Bing isn’t the world’s most popular search engine, it does offer some great images daily on its front page. Check out the Amazing Lock Screen app and set your lock screen to the Bing daily image.

amazing lock screen

Of course, what is considered “better” for any platform varies from user to user, but hopefully, these tips will allow you to make adjustments that work best for you.

What is your favorite customization for the Windows 10 lock screen? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!



  1. Kattz

    July 5, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Off-topic, but I’ve always wondered if there is a way to save some of those gorgeous Bing images. I just want to use them as wallpapers. I googled it and couldn’t find an answer. I’d love to see a blog post on this if there is a way to do it. Thanks!

    • Steve Krause

      July 5, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Kattz,

      Simply goto and in the bottom right of the page, there is a small camera icon. Click it. From there you can simply click the link “Download Today’s Image”.

  2. DebbyS

    July 5, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Lots of good ideas, thank you!

  3. Frank Phinney

    September 14, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I love to have LOCKSCREEN display a slideshow of pics from one of my directories. In the past, I could choose MIDDLE OF SCREEN – LARGE, MEDIUM or SMALL. THAT OPTION SEEMS TO BE NO LONGER AVAILABLE??? Am I missing something?

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