How To Turn Windows Spotlight Lock Screen On or Off In Windows 10

How To Turn Windows Spotlight Lock Screen On or Off In Windows 10

If you have spent a significant amount of time with Windows 10 and have not turned off the lock screen, you probably have noticed the small “Like what you see?” text at the upper-right corner of the lock screen. Clicking or tapping “Like what you see?” text shows two options: I want more and Not a fan. The “Like what you see?” text appears if you have turned on Windows Spotlight feature for the lock screen in Windows 10. What is Windows Spotlight? Windows Spotlight is a new feature introduced with Windows 10. Windows Spotlight automatically sets exceptional pictures from Bing search as your lock screen background and lets you submit feedback about a specific background. As you can make out from the picture above, these pictures are stunning. Before the November Update or Threshold 2 update, this feature was exclusive to Home edition, but the feature is now available for both Windows 10 Pro and Home editions. Before we tell you how to turn on or off Windows Spotlight feature, let’s see how the Windows Spotlight feature works, and why it shows “Like what you see?” message on the lock screen. As said at the beginning of this article, clicking “Like what you see?” text shows “I want more” and “Not a fan” options. Clicking the first option (I want more) will make Windows 10 show more similar types of images in the future. That is, for instance, if you click “I want more!” option when the lock screen background picture was of nature, Windows 10 will show more pictures of nature on lock screen in the future. That said, it will occasionally show other types of photographs or pictures from other categories as well, but you can click Not a fan option if you like to stop Windows from displaying that kind of picture on your lock screen. Turn on or off Windows Spotlight feature via Settings While if you love pictures showcased on the homepage of Bing search, you probably don’t want to turn off the Windows Spotlight feature. That said, if you prefer to set a picture captured by you or custom picture that you downloaded from the internet as the lock screen background, you can turn off the Windows Spotlight feature by following directions mentioned below. Step 1: Right-click on the desktop and then click Personalize to open the Personalization category of Settings. Step 2: Click Lock screen to see settings related to the lock screen. Step 3: Under the Background section, select Picture or slideshow option from the drop-down box. If you have chosen the Picture option, to set a specific picture as your lock screen background, click the Browse option (under Choose your picture section), and select the image that you want to set as the lock screen background. And if you have chosen Slideshow option, you need to click Add a folder and then select a folder containing your favorite pictures. To know the location of these Windows Spotlight pictures, please refer to our how to save Windows Spotlight lock screen pictures guide. Disable Windows Spotlight via Registry Step 1: Type Regedit.exe in the Start/taskbar search field and then press Enter key. Click the Yes button when you get the User Account Control screen to open the Registry Editor. Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsCloudContent Step 3: On the right-side, right-click on an empty spot, click New and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it as DisableWindowsSpotlightFeatures. Step 4: Double-click on the newly created DisableWindowsSpotlightFeatures and then set its value data to 1 to disable the Windows Spotlight. Set it back to 0 or delete DisableWindowSpotlightFeatures to enable the same again. Enable or disable Windows Spotlight via Group Policy Group Policy Editor is not part of the Windows 10 Home edition. Step 1: Open the Group Policy Editor by typing the same in the Start/taskbar search field and then hitting the Enter key. Step 2: In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to: User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content. Step 3: On the right side, double-click on Turn off all Windows spotlight features. Select Enabled and then click Apply. I hope this helps!

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