How to Change the Windows 10 Desktop Background and Lock Screen Picture
As you work with your new computer, you may find that changing the appearance of different items on your screen not only makes looking at them more enjoyable, but also helps you see text and images more easily.
You can change the graphic shown as your desktop background, even display your own picture there. Here’s how:
- Windows 10 offers several preset background styles and color combinations that you can choose from in your PC settings. Click the Start button, then click Settings.
- In the Settings window, click Personalization. In the resulting Personalization window, click Background in the left panel.
- Click the Background drop-down list and choose a category, such as Solid Color or Picture.
- Click a background and then click the Close button.
Some colors are easier on the eyes than others. For example, green is more restful to look at than purple. Choose a color scheme that’s pleasant to look at and easy on the eyes!
You can change the background color of the Start menu, Taskbar, and Action Center. Click the Start button→Settings→Personalization and then click Colors in the left panel. Click to turn Automatically Pick an Accent Color from My Background to Off and then select an Accent Color. This sets the Accent color throughout Windows. Click Show Color on Start, Taskbar, and Action Center to On to set the background color for these regions.
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To change the background image for your lock screen:
- You can choose a Windows 10 picture for the lock screen (the screen that appears when your computer goes to sleep) or use one of your own for the lock screen background. Click the Start button → Settings, and then click Personalization.
- Click Lock screen in the left panel. Click the Background dropdown menu and choose a background category, such as Image (to choose from one of Windows images or one of your own) or Windows Spotlight for the pre-selected Windows image
- Click on one of the displayed pictures, or click Browse to choose another picture.
- If you choose to browse for one of your photos, click an image to use it from the Pictures folder that displays. If the image is in another folder, click the Go Up link to browse the other folders.
- Click the “Choose Picture” button.
You can also choose some apps that you want to keep running when the lock screen appears. On the Lock Screen tab shown in the previous figure, simply tap one of the plus signs to display the apps available for viewing, such as Calendar or Mail.