How to change your account picture in Windows 7

  • October 11, 2012
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An account picture is the small image that is shown in your Start Menu and in the login screen next to your account name. Windows 7 allows you to select an image from a small set of built-in images or you can add a custom image to it instead. This tutorial will walk you through changing your account picture to a built-in or custom picture.

To change your account picture in Windows 7 click on the Start button and then type Change account picture. When the the Change your account picture result appears left click on it. This will open up the Change Your Picture screen as shown in the image below.

 

Change your account picture screen

 

At this screen you can choose one of the built-in images to be your account picture or click on the Browser for more pictures... option to select a custom one. If you are happy with one of the built-in ones, simply left click on it and then click on the Change Picture button to use it. That picture will now be associated with your account.

On the other hand, if you wish to use a custom picture click on the Browse for more pictures... button and you will be presented with a dialog box where you can browse to an existing picture that you wish to use instead.

 

Open dialog box

 

As custom pictures are cropped and made smaller when you select them, it is advised that you first crop them into a square and to only use the portion of the picture you wish to be visible. This will make it so that account picture is easier to see and has no important parts of the picture mistakenly removed.

Browse for a picture you wish to use and left click on it to select it. Then click on the Open button to select it as your account picture. You will then be brought back to the User Accounts screen where you will see the new picture associated with your account.

 

User Accounts Screen

 

 

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