Changing Your Windows 8 Account Picture

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 16, 2017)

Not only does Windows try to know who you are, but it also gives you the ability to aid its knowledge-gathering quest by providing a picture to go along with your account. Your picture doesn't have to be of you, however. You might want to use a picture that expresses your personality in some way or something that features a favorite object, place, or event.

In short, any picture can be associated with your account. In order to change your account picture, simply click your account name (typically your e-mail address) in the upper-right corner of the Start screen. Windows displays a few options; you should choose Change Account Picture. In short order you are faced with the Personalize area of the PC Settings screen. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Changing your account picture.

There are three ways you can set the picture:

  • Browse. Click this button to browser your system for an existing picture you want to use.
  • Camera. Click this button to view any pictures available through a camera. (This is most often used on tablets or phones, even though the option is also available on desktop systems.)
  • People. Click this button to look through pictures associated with your contacts and other people accessible through your connections.

Once you've located a picture you want to use, just select it and click the appropriate button. (For instance, the button my be labeled "Use Image" or "Insert" or "Choose.") Windows associates the picture with your account and displays it whenever your account information is visible.

 This tip (13151) applies to Windows 8.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Determining if Num Lock is On

Need to know if the Num Lock key is on or off? You can use a short bit of macro code to figure out the state of the key.

Discover More

Sequentially Inputting Information

When entering data in a worksheet, you may only want to add information to the cells in a particular range. You can ...

Discover More

Automatically Capitalizing Day Names

When you enter a day name into a cell, Excel automatically capitalizes it. If you want to modify this behavior, follow ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Switching between Users in Windows

You can switch between users (and come back) without having to close down your current workspace. This tip tells you how ...

Discover More

Getting a List of User Accounts

Part of managing a computer system that is shared by multiple people is to keep track of all the user accounts on that ...

Discover More

Adding a User Account

Windows allows you to set up individual user accounts in case there are multiple people using the same computer. Here's ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 + 4?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.