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How to Add Your Own Picture to the Windows 8.1 Lock Screen

Changing the picture for your Windows 8.1 lock screen is easy. Customizing the picture is a favorite trick at Windows demos, so you know it has to be easy, right? Here’s how:

  1. On the Start screen, swipe from the right or hover your mouse in the upper-right corner to bring up the Charms bar, and then at the bottom, choose the Settings charm.

  2. At the bottom of the Start Settings pane, tap or click the Change PC Settings link. Then, on the left, click or tap the PC and Devices link.

    The Lock Screen Preview window appears.

  3. If you see a picture you like, tap or click it. If you want to look for your own picture, tap or click Browse.

    If you tap or click Browse, Windows takes you to your Pictures library.

  4. Tap or click a picture and select Choose Picture.

    You’re done. There’s no Apply or OK button to tap or click.

Alternatively, you can choose to show a slide show on the lock screen. Move the slider to On, and choose a folder that contains the pictures you want to see on the screen.

Test to make sure that your personal lock screen has been updated. The easiest way is to go to the Metro Start screen (press the Windows key on the keyboard, or tap or click the Windows button on your PC), tap or click your picture in the upper-right corner and choose Lock.

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