How to Turn On or Off the Lock Screen Slideshow in Windows 11

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The article provides a guide on how to allow or disallow users from enabling a slideshow on the lock screen in Windows 11. Users can customize the lock screen with Windows Spotlight, Pictures or a Slideshow. The Local Group Policy Editor or Windows Registry Editor can be used to manipulate these settings, enabling or preventing…

This article explains how to allow or prevent users from enabling slideshow on the lock screen in Windows 11.

The lock screen is the screen or curtain you see when you turn on your Computer before the sign-in screen. It is also displayed once your Computer is locked after you step away or press the Windows key + L.

Windows allows you to customize the lock screen background using Windows Spotlight, Pictures, or a Slideshow that randomly displays your chosen images.

Any user can customize their lock screen background. However, Windows also has settings that can prevent users from accessing the slideshow settings and stop the slideshow from ever running on the lock screen.

Allow or prevent users from playing slideshow on the lock screen

As described above, Windows can allow or prevent users from playing slideshow on the lock screen. Enable this setting will lock the slideshow settings on your PC and prevent a slideshow from playing on the lock screen.

Here’s how to do that.

First, open the Local Group Policy Editor.

Then expand the following folders Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization.

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization

Next, click on the Personalization folder on the left panel, and double-click the setting on the right called “Prevent enabling lock screen slide show” to open.

Prevent enabling lock screen slide show Windows 11

When the setting window opens, select one of the options:

  • Not Configured – Same as Disabled. Users can enable a slide show that runs on the lock screen.
  • Enabled – If enabled, users will no longer be able to modify slide show settings and no slide show on the lock screen.
  • Disabled – If disabled, users can enable a slide show that runs on the lock screen.
Pregent enabling lock screen slide show options

Save your settings and restart your Computer for the changes to apply.

Enable or disable the lock screen slideshow via Windows Registry Editor

Yet another way to enable or disable users changing the lock screen slideshow settings in Windows is to use the Windows Registry Editor.

If you can’t open the Local Group Policy Editor, use the Windows Registry editor instead.

Open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization

If you don’t see the Personalization folder key, right-click on the Windows key, then create the subkey (Personalization) folders.

Personalization registry key in Windows 11
Windows allows or disallows changing the geographic location registry

Right-click the Personalization folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named NoLockScreenSlideshow.

Double-click the new key item name (NoLockScreenSlideshow) and make sure the Base option is Decimal, and then update the Value data:

  • To turn this feature on. Type 1.
  • To turn this feature off. Type 0.
No lock screen slideshow Windows 11
Windows allows or disallows changing geographic location registry value data.

Save your changes and restart your Computer.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to allow or prevent users from enabling slideshow on the lock screen in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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