How To Set Up a Slide Show on the Surface 2 Lock Screen

The holidays are coming and maybe you are planning on doing some entertaining. You’ll decorate the house with holiday trimmings and perhaps you’ll want to display some pictures of the family or other goings on in your life. For some, Tablets have replaced digital photo frames as a way of showing off your digital photos. Apple’s iPads used to give you one button access to a slide show from your lock screen but in iOS 7 that feature has been removed, though the button is still there. More on that in another post.

Set up an animated slide show on your Surface 2 lock screen

Set up an animated slide show on your Surface 2 lock screen

If you’re a Surface 2 owner (or a Surface Pro 2 owner) you can set up your Lock Screen to show off an animated  digital slide show and display it proudly when you’re entertaining, or just to entertain yourself. The Surface 2’s widescreen dimensions actually make for a very nice display as your photos cycle through. For photos that take up the entire screen there is even a slight Ken Burns zooming effect. While photo choices may look random, there is some behind the scenes algorithmic mixing and matching going on. If, for example, it’s November and you have photos from last Thanksgiving gathering, those photos will probably show up in your slide show.

Here’s how to set up a slide show on the Surface 2 lock screen:

First swipe in from the right to get to the Charms Menu. Then choose Settings. At the bottom of the Settings menu choose Change PC Settings. This brings you to the PC settings Windows. Choose PC and Devices.

Choose PC Settings

Choose PCs and Devices

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Then choose Lock Screen.

Choose Lock Screen

Choose Lock Screen

Here you are presented with a series of options in a windows called Lock Screen Options. Since we want to set up a slide show, toggle the switch to “on” below Play a side show on the lock screen.

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Immediately below that you will see Use pictures from. This allows you to pick which folders on your Surface or Skydrive account to pull pictures from.  If you need to add a new folder to search for pictures from, you can do that by hitting the plus button.

The next series of options include:

Include Camera Roll folders from this PC and SkyDrive. This is turned off by default.  This feature will add the Camera Roll folder from this PC and from SkyDrive. Windows Phone users will see photos taken on their phones  in the slide show if this is enabled.

Only use the photos that will best fit on my screen. If you’ve stored some really odd sized photos in your collection you might not see them show up in your animated slide show.

Play a slide show when using battery power. This allows you to run your slide show when on battery power. If you ever want to recycle the battery on your Surface just turn this on and let the slide show run. It will take some time but at least you can enjoy the slide show when watching.

When my PC is inactive, show the lock screen instead of turning off the screen. By default this is turned on and this is the control that turns your PC into a digital photo frame.

Below these options is a drop down menu that allows you to turn off the animated slide show after 30 minutes, 1 hour, 3 hours, or Don’t Turn Off.

Options for duration of a slide show

Options for duration of a slide show

Again, a pleasant way to discharge your battery is to set this to Don’t Turn Off. 

Enjoy.

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