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.

Welcome to Tails!

To start Tails without options, click on the Start Tails button.

To store the settings of the Welcome Screen across different Tails sessions, turn on the Welcome Screen feature of the Persistent Storage.

With this feature turned on, unlock your Persistent Storage to restore your settings in the Welcome Screen.

Assistive technologies

You can activate several assistive technologies, like a screen reader or large text, from the accessibility menu in the top bar, the accessiblity menu icon that looks like a person.

Language and formats

You can configure Tails depending on your language and location from the Welcome Screen.

  • The Language 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.

  • The Keyboard Layout 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.

    Keyboard Menu

  • The Formats 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:

    USAUnited Kingdom
    Date & time3/17/2017 3:56 PM17/03/2017 15:56
    First day of the weekSundayMonday
    Unit systemImperialMetric
    Paper sizeLetterA4

    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.

Persistent Storage

You can save some of your files and configuration in an encrypted Persistent Storage on your Tails USB stick.

  • If no Persistent Storage is detected on the USB stick, you can click the Create Persistent Storage button to automatically start the Persistent Storage settings after you start Tails and the desktop appears.

  • If a Persistent Storage is detected on the USB stick, enter your passphrase and click Unlock Encryption to unlock and activate your Persistent Storage.

See also our documentation on the Persistent Storage.

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.

Administration Password

Set an Administration Password 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.

MAC Address Anonymization

Disable MAC Address Anonymization to prevent connectivity problems with your network interfaces.

See our documentation about MAC address anonymization.

Offline Mode

Turn on the Offline Mode if you want to work completely offline for increased security.

Unsafe Browser

Disable the Unsafe Browser .

See our documentation about the Unsafe Browser and its security implications.

Keyboard shortcuts

Alt+KKeyboard Layout
Alt+PPersistent Storage
Alt+AAdditional Settings
Ctrl+Shift+AAdministration Password
Ctrl+Shift+MMAC Address Anonymization
Alt+SStart Tails