I just got my Microsoft Surface Tablet. So far it rocks, but I would like to be able to get to the main screen that shows date/time and background image (or, the "Lock Screen"). Thus far I have only been able to get there by hitting the power button twice. Is there a way to get there without hitting the power button?

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    Currently there are two excellent answers. How does one go about deciding the answer to accept? Oct 26, 2012 at 16:37
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    Whichever you prefer! Generally, if multiple answers solve my problem, I choose whichever I think will be most useful to future visitors.
    – Matthew
    Oct 26, 2012 at 16:42

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This screen is called the "Lock Screen". It is shown when your computer is locked.

To lock your computer, you can:

  1. Go to the start screen, click your name in the top-right corner, and choose "Lock". enter image description here
  2. Or, press Windows + L.

You can customize your lock screen through the "Personalize" settings page.

First activate the "Settings" Charm and choose "Change PC Settings":

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Then select the "Personalize" page:

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  • What if I don't have the keyboard attached and want to use the touch screen? Oct 26, 2012 at 16:21
  • @GaTechThomas: See my edit.
    – Matthew
    Oct 26, 2012 at 16:23
  • Hmm, I thought I commented on the other answer in my question about using the touch screen. Oct 26, 2012 at 16:36
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    @GaTechThomas: Nope you were right, you commented right before I added non-keyboard methods to my answer, when this was the only answer :)
    – Matthew
    Oct 26, 2012 at 16:39
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    @Matthew Like how both our Start screen screenshots feature Solitaire Collection ;) Oct 26, 2012 at 17:23

What is called the Lock Screen is available using the profile icon in the top right corner of the Start screen. Simply click it and click "Lock":

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Alternatively, if you have a keyboard attached, Windows+L will end in the same result.

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