How to change the lock screen wallpaper on Windows 11

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One of Microsoft’s most basic security suggestions is a simple yet effective screen lock. The lock screen appears in Windows 11 every time you leave your computer idle or every time you restart the PC. The default option is simple yet efficient and elegant, but why pass up the chance to customize your machine to your liking?

Microsoft’s iconic lock screen has been around forever, and it’s now an integral part of the system that works so well that most of us forget it exists. Since we’re all a bit blind to it anyway, it makes sense to add a personal touch so that you can appreciate the functionality again.

When it comes to customization options, Microsoft offers three types of lock screen wallpapers. With Windows Spotlight, you can display a random carousel of images from real locations. If that doesn’t suit you, you always have the option to add a static image or slideshow from your photos or Windows default images. To customize your wallpaper, keep reading.

Change the wallpaper of your Windows 11 lock screen

1) Right click on any free space on your desktop and select Personalize. Otherwise, in the Settings app, click Personalization in the left navigation pane. This should direct you to the Windows 11 theme personalization settings.

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2) From the options displayed, select Lock screen. This is often the fourth of the listed customization options.

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3) Click on the drop-down list adjacent to “Customize your lock screen”. The drop-down will show you three options, namely Windows Spotlight, Picture, and Slideshow.

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a) Windows projector

i) Once you have chosen Windows Spotlight, you are done. Windows will take care of finding and downloading pictures from the Internet to show you the next time your screen is locked. Your lock screen will also show you some suggestions to make better use of your computer.

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b) Image

i) With Image you can select one of the default images provided by Windows.

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ii) Alternatively, you can click on Browse photos. This will open a browser window where you can search for and choose an image saved on your computer that you can use as a static wallpaper.

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c) Slideshow

i) The slideshow is slightly similar to the picture. The only difference is that you can choose a folder of images instead of a single photo. Windows will then display these images one after the other.

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