The other day I was looking at comments people had left in the Personalization Gallery, and I noticed that someone asked, “How can I change my cartoon Space Needle lock screen picture to something different?”
After getting over my surprise that not everyone loves the Space Needle as much as those of us here in the Pacific Northwest, it occurred to me what a great opening this is to not only tell you how incredibly easy it is to change your lock screen image, but also show you how you can use any of the wallpapers on the Personalization Gallery to personalize Windows 8 and Windows RT in a variety of ways.
This brings up three options:
With just a few clicks, my new favorite image is now featured on my lock screen and on my Start screen in the Photos app tile.
By the way, you can also use PC settings to change your lock screen if you prefer. Here’s how:
Incidentally, you probably already know that if you want to set an image as your desktop wallpaper, all you have to do is open it in IE from the desktop, right-click the image, and choose Set as background. If you’re not on the desktop, click the tools icon (it looks like a wrench) on the app bar at the bottom of IE, and choose View on the desktop… then right-click and choose Set as background.
You can also download wallpapers to use on your Windows phone. Just navigate to the image you want using Internet Explorer on your phone, and then tap on the picture and hold for two seconds to bring up the options save picture and share picture. Tap on save picture, then go to your pictures collection, find and open the image full-screen, and choose use as wallpaper.
Now Windows on my phone matches Windows on my Surface RT. The new wallpaper even kind of goes with the custom Monet skins I added to my devices.
I hope this gives you some inspiration for personalizing Windows 8, both with your own pictures and with the many wallpapers and themes on the Personalization Gallery. (We’ll keep on adding new stuff, so keep on checking back for more… we may even add some new images of the Space Needle!)
In Windows 7, there was a way to programmatically cycle the logon screen images. In Windows 8, logon screen images were removed as well as the ability to cycle images on the lock screen. User has to do it manually. Another step back amongst a hundred others for Windows 8.
I wish there was an option to use whatever wallpaper I have set in my theme (including panoramas and wallpaper rotations) as the lock screen wallpaper.
I love Bing Desktop and was very grateful when it became available for Windows 8. I use it only for the daily background changes. Please make a way for daily automatically lock screen changes. I know that there is a third party app in the Windows Store for this but I would prefer a Microsoft official app. I was thinking that maybe you can include it into the Bing app as a feature. So, please make a way for daily lock screen changes just like daily desktop wallpaper changes. Thanks.