by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 23, 2017)
Users of Windows-based devices such as phones and tablets are probably very familiar with the Lock Screen. It provides your first glimpse at the device, appearing after it has gone to "sleep" and you touch a button to bring it back to life. The Lock Screen appears at this first awakening, but disappears quietly after you indicate you want to log into your system. The Lock Screen is no longer only for device users; it also appears for Windows installations on full-fledged PC systems.
By default the Lock Screen displays the time and date over a background of your choosing. However, you can specify additional information to be displayed on the Lock Screen, which can be valuable to get a quick glimpse of whatever you want without the need to really log in. The way you add information is to pick apps which then display status information on the Lock Screen. There are two types of status updates that can be displayed:
To specify which apps you want to appear on your Lock Screen, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The PC Settings screen.
Remember that not all your apps can be added to the Lock Screen. Only apps that are written to provide either basic or detailed status information can be added.
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