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[[!meta title="Welcome Screen"]]
The Welcome Screen appears after the Boot Loader, but before the GNOME Desktop.
You can use the Welcome Screen to specify startup options that alter some of the basic functioning of Tails.
[[!img welcome-screen.png link=no alt="Welcome to Tails!"]]
To start Tails without options, click on the
<span class="button">Start Tails</span> button.
<div class="note">
<p>To store the settings of the Welcome Screen across different Tails sessions,
turn on the [[Welcome Screen|doc/first_steps/persistence/configure#welcome_screen]]
feature of the Persistent Storage.</p>
<p>With this feature turned on, unlock your Persistent Storage to
restore your settings in the Welcome Screen.</p>
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Assistive technologies
You can activate assistive technologies, like a screen reader or large text, from the universal access menu (the
[[!img lib/preferences-desktop-accessibility.png alt="Accessibility Menu" class="symbolic" link="no"]]
icon which looks like a person) in the top bar.
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Language & region
You can configure Tails depending on your language and location from the Welcome Screen.
[[!img locale.png link="no" alt=""]]
The <span class="guilabel">Language</span> option allows you to change the main language of the interface.
Text that is not translated yet will appear in English. You can [[help
to translate more text|contribute/how/translate]].
The <span class="guilabel">Keyboard Layout</span> option allows you to change the layout of the keyboard. For example to switch to an *AZERTY* keyboard which is common in France.
You will still be able to switch between different keyboard layouts from the
desktop after starting Tails.
[[!img introduction_to_gnome_and_the_tails_desktop/keyboard.png link="no" alt="Keyboard Menu"]]
The <span class="guilabel">Formats</span> option allows you to change the date and time format, first day of the week, measurement units, and default paper size according to the standards in use in a country.
For example, the USA and the United Kingdom, two English-speaking countries,
have different standards:
<tr><th></th><th>USA</th><th>United Kingdom</th></tr>
<tr><td>Date & time</td><td>3/17/2017 3:56 PM</td><td>17/03/2017 15:56</td></tr>
<tr><td>First day of the week</td><td>Sunday</td><td>Monday</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unit system</td><td>Imperial</td><td>Metric</td></tr>
<tr><td>Paper size</td><td>Letter</td><td>A4</td></tr>
With this option you can also display the calendar in a different language
than the main language. For example, to display a US calendar, with weeks
starting on Sunday, when the main language is Russian.
[[!img US_calendar_in_Russian.png link="no" alt=""]]
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Persistent Storage
If a [[Persistent Storage|first_steps/persistence]] is detected on the USB stick, an additional section appears in the Welcome Screen below the **Language & Region** section:
[[!img persistence.png link="no" alt=""]]
To unlock the Persistent Storage, enter your passphrase and click **Unlock**.
To create a Persistent Storage, see our instructions on [[creating a Persistent Storage|first_steps/persistence/configure]]. To learn more about the Persistent Storage, see our [[documentation on the Persistent Storage|persistence]].
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Additional settings
Tails is configured with care to be as safe as possible by default. But, depending on your situation, you can change one of the following settings from the Welcome Screen.
[[!img additional.png link="no" alt=""]]
Administration Password
Set an <span class="guilabel">Administration Password</span> to be
able to perform administrative tasks like installing additional
software or accessing the internal hard disks of the computer.
See our documentation about [[the administration password and its security implications|administration_password]].
MAC Address Spoofing
Disable <span class="guilabel">MAC Address Spoofing</span> to prevent
connectivity problems with your network interfaces.
See our documentation about [[MAC address spoofing|mac_spoofing]].
Network Configuration
Change the <span class="guilabel">Network Configuration</span> to either:
- Connect directly to the Tor network (default).
- Configure a Tor bridge or local proxy:
If you want to use Tor bridges because your Internet connection is censored or you want to hide the fact that you are using Tor.