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12 Change the Account Picture


10.gif About Sharing a Windows XP Computer

11.gif Create a User Account

After a user account has been created, you can edit its various attributes, such as the account type and the account picture. The account picture is the picture used to represent the account on the Windows Welcome screen. The picture of the currently logged on user also appears on Start menu and in the User Accounts window.

A default picture (the chess pieces) is automatically selected when you create a new account. You can change the account picture to any of a number of pictures provided by Windows XP. You can also use your own digital pictures (from a digital camera or scanner) or any pictures you copy or download from the Web.

A user can change his user account picture whether the account is an administrative or limited account. Users with administrative accounts can also change the pictures for other user accounts (another good reason to only have one administrator account).

1.gif Select a User Account

Assuming that you are using a Computer administrator’s account: In the User Accounts window (select User Accounts in the Control Panel to access this window), click the user account for which you want to change the picture. The task list for the selected account opens.

2.gif Select Change the Picture

Select the Change the picture task. A picture box opens, showing available pictures.

3.gif Select a New Picture

Scroll through the pictures in the list box. Click the picture you want to use for the currently selected account.

4.gif Change the Picture

After selecting the picture you want to use, click the Change Picture button. You are returned to the account’s task list, and the account picture is changed to your selection.

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