Windows 8 – Customizing the Lock Screen Applications


Windows 8 Logo

Windows 8 displays notifications on the lock screen for various applications such as Mail, Calendar and Messaging.

Win8 Lock Screen
Windows 8 lock screen showing a notification from the Mail app.

To customize which apps give notifications on the lock screen press the Windows key and I to bring up the settings fly out menu – then click on Change PC Settings.

Win+I - Settings

My current lock screen apps are Messaging, Mail and Calendar.

Win8 Lock Screen Apps

To add an app to the lock screen simply click on an available placeholder (one of the squares with the plus sign) and select an app from the list.

win8 Lock Screen Choose App

To remove an app click on it and then click Don’t show quick status here.

win8 Lock Screen Remove App

A quick-start guide for showing tile and badge updates on the lock screen is available here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/xaml/hh868216.aspx

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