Windows Spotlight is a fancy feature which exists in Windows 10 November Update 1511. It downloads beautiful images from the Internet and shows them on your lock screen! So, every time you boot or lock Windows 10, you will see a new lovely image. However, Microsoft made the downloaded images hidden from the end user. Here is how you can find those images and use them as your wallpaper or somewhere else.
Since Windows 8, Microsoft has added a Lock Screen feature to Windows in addition to the Logon screen where you type the password. In Windows 10 also, the Lock Screen is an additional screen which is displayed with a fancy background and some useful information like clock and date. It appears before you can pick a user account to sign in. When you lock your computer, again you will see the Lock screen. By default, Windows 10 downloads new images for the Lock screen from the internet. The Lock screen does not bring any additional functionality and exists for entertainment purposes only. If you don't find it useful, you can disable it. In this article, we will see how to disable the Lock Screen in Windows 10.
Windows 10 features a new option which allows you to have a random image on the Lock screen every time you see it. Windows 10 downloads images for the lock screen from the Internet. This behavior is controlled by the appropriate option in the Settings app. Users who are interested in downloading these images can get it from the link in this article.
Today I would like to show you how you can open the Lock Screen as a regular Modern/Metro app in Windows 10. When you open it this way, the Lock Screen app runs inside a window so it doesn't really lock your PC, it's just a fun trick. Let's see how it can be done.
If you own a phone or tablet with Android 4.3 or 4.4, you might be facing the issue that your lock screen does not support rotation. I noticed this when I upgraded my Nook HD+ to the latest CyanogenMod based on Android 4.4. The lock screen was always in portrait mode. While phone users might not consider this behavior problematic because phones are mostly used by holding them vertically, tablet owners might prefer landscape mode most of the time. If you have rooted your device, you can perform a simple trick described below to enable lock screen rotation.
Upd: according to our reader Tapatio, this trick also works on CyanogenMod 12.1 android version 5.1.1.
Do you know that the Lock Screen in Windows 8.1 has some settings that you can tweak, but they have no UI options? Well, there is good news for you: Winaero's Lock Screen Customizer, the excellent freeware tool is finally available to all Windows 8.1 users! Using the tool, you can change the following options: