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Windows 7 - Change a users profile picture

Welcome to this Windows 7 tutorial for changing a user's profile picture. You may want to do this to personalise your profile.

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  • Click the images to see a larger version
  • Yellow arrows or circles indicate where to look or click
  • Unless specified otherwise use the 'left' mouse button to click

Windows 7 - Change a user's profile picture

Start Menu button displays the recently used programs and the start menu which shows available programs. Access to the control panel can be made from here.

With the Windows 7 screen loaded to the desktop you will see a blue bar along the bottom and a blank screen usually blue which is the desktop and normally has a recycle bin icon on it.

From the lower left side of the screen click the Start Menu button which will pop up and produce a vertical menu as pictured left.

At the top of the menu above the user name you will see a small picture. With your mouse click this small picture.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, choose a task to add or remove users or change the way users logon to windows 7

You will see the box as on the left which shows a list of options and the existing users which in this case is 'User'.

From the menu under 'Make Changes to Your User Account' click the option 'Manage Another Account'.

This will launch the next window

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, you can see the profile pictures that can be changed

You will see the user account dialog box appear. You should see all the created users including the currently logged on user account and normally 'Guest'. Click the picture and name of the account you wish to change from the user list.

The 'Make Changes to Account' window will display.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, add and remove users, change passwords or profile pictures

You will now see the heading for 'Make Changes to 'your user' Account' and a list of available options. One of these options is 'Change the Picture'.

Click on the 'Change the Picture' hyperlink.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, limit the account to limited user stops them changing important windows system settings

You will now be brought to the screen showing all the available profile pictures. From the available pictures click the the one you want then click the 'Change picture' button at the bottom of the window.

If you want to use your own picture then click the 'browse for more pictures' link at the bottom left of the pictures and choose the location and file from the dialog box.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, limit the account to limited user stops them changing important windows system settings

Once you selected the picture you will be taken back to the 'Make Changes to Account' menu and you will notice the picture has changed for the account. In our case the test account is now a boat.

In the top right click the red box with the white X in it. This closes the user accounts box and will return you to the Windows 7 desktop screen.

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