Changing an Account's Picture

by Barry Dysert
(last updated June 29, 2015)

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Each user account can have a picture associated with it. This is the picture you see on the Welcome screen and on the Start menu. The picture can be one of the pictures that are built into Windows or you can choose your own.

If you want to change your account's picture, go to Start | Control Panel | User Accounts and Family Safety | Change Your Account Picture. Windows immediately shows you a large number of built-in pictures. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Changing your account's picture.

If you want to use one of the built-in pictures, simply select the desired picture and click the Change Picture button. You can also set your picture to be something else by clicking the Browse for More Pictures link and browsing your computer for the picture you want to use. As before, once you choose your picture, clicking the Change Picture button immediately changes the picture for the account.

 This tip (12472) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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What is 5 + 0?

2015-07-22 16:06:48

Barry

I believe that even if you choose a larger picture it will be reduced in size to match the size of the others. (But it can't hurt to try!)


2015-07-22 15:46:59

George Schneider

Can I increase the size of the picture for the accounts?


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