How to Change Your User Account's Picture in Windows 10 - dummies

How to Change Your User Account’s Picture in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Ready to change the boring picture that Windows 10 automatically assigns to your user account? For every newly created user account, Windows 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 folder.

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

Windows lets each user choose an account picture.
Windows lets each user choose an account picture.

The Accounts page lets you change your picture two main ways:

  • Browse: To assign a picture already on your computer, click the Browse button. A new window appears, showing photos in your Pictures folder. Click a desired picture and click the Choose Image button. Windows quickly slaps that picture atop your Start menu.

  • Camera: This option, available only for people with a camera attached to their computers, lets you take a quick selfie for your account photo.

  • Other Accounts You Use: Choose this option to grab your account photo from social media accounts you’ve shared with Windows 10.

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 in to with that account: Your Microsoft phone, for example, Microsoft websites and programs, and any Windows computer you sign in to with your Microsoft account.

  • You can grab any picture off the Internet and save it to your Pictures folder. Then click the Browse button mentioned earlier in this section to locate the picture and assign it as your account photo. (Right-click the Internet picture and, depending on your web browser, choose Save Picture or a similar menu option.)

  • Don’t worry about choosing a picture that’s too large or too small. Windows automatically shrinks or expands the image to fit the postage-stamp-sized space. (Account pictures must be square, though.)

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