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How to Change a Windows 8 User Account’s Picture

For every newly created user account, Windows 8 chooses a generic silhouette. Feel free to change the picture to something more reflective of the Real You: You can snap a photo with your computer’s webcam or choose any photo in your Pictures library.

To change your user account’s picture, head for the Start screen and click your picture in the screen’s top-right corner. When the menu drops down, choose Change Account Picture.


The Account Picture page offers three settings:

  • Browse: To assign a picture already on your computer, click the Browse button. A new window appears, this time showing previous account photos you’ve chosen. To see photos in your Pictures library, click the word Files and choose Pictures from the drop-down menu. Select a desired picture from the folder and click the Choose Image button. Windows 8 quickly slaps that picture atop your Start screen.

  • Create an Account Picture: This option, available only for people with a camera attached to their computers, lets you choose which app should handle the photo shoot. You can find the Windows 8 built-in Camera app listed here, as well as any other photo-snapping apps on your computer.

Here are a few more tips for choosing your all-important account photo:

  • After you’ve chosen an account photo, it attaches to your Microsoft account and anything you sign into with that account: Your Microsoft phone, for example, Microsoft websites, and any Windows 8 computer you sign in to with your Microsoft account.

  • You can grab any picture off the Internet and save it to your Pictures folder for use as your user account picture. (Right-click the Internet picture and, depending on your web browser, choose Save to Picture Library or Save Picture As.)

  • Don’t worry about choosing a picture that’s too big or too small. Windows 8 automatically shrinks or expands the image to fit the postage-stamp-sized space.

  • Only holders of Administrator and Standard accounts can change their pictures. (Guest accounts are stuck with the faceless gray silhouette.)

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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