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.

Assistive technologies

You can activate assistive technologies, like a screen reader or large text, from the universal access menu (the Universal Access icon which looks like a person) in the top bar.

Language & region

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

Language & Region section of 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.

    Menu in the top-right corner of the desktop to switch between different keyboard layouts

  • 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

If a Persistent Storage is detected on the USB stick, an additional section appears in the Welcome Screen below the Language & Region section:

To unlock the Persistent Storage, enter your passphrase and click Unlock.

To create a Persistent Storage, see our the instructions to create a Persistent Storage in our installation instructions and 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.

Additional settings of the Welcome Screen

  • 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.

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

    See our documentation about MAC address spoofing.

  • Change the Network Configuration 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.
      • If you need to use a local proxy to access the Internet.

      After starting Tails and connecting to a network, an assistant will guide you through the configuration of Tor.

      See our documentation about Tor bridges.

    • Disable all networking if you want to work completely offline with additional security.

Keyboard shortcuts

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