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Creating and using a picture password

From: Up and Running with Windows 8

Video: Creating and using a picture password

One of the things you'll probably notice as you're using Windows 8 on a touch screen device is that you really start to take great advantage of the various gestures that are available and you almost try to avoid situations where you have to actually type anything. You'd rather perform a gesture than have to perform typing. And if you agree with that you're probably going to love the picture password. It makes it much faster and easier in my view to log in to your Windows 8 device. Let's get started by creating a picture password. I'll go ahead and swipe in from the right side of the screen in order to bring up the charm bar and then I'll choose settings from the charm bar and then I'll tap change PC settings at the bottom of the list there in PC settings.

Creating and using a picture password

One of the things you'll probably notice as you're using Windows 8 on a touch screen device is that you really start to take great advantage of the various gestures that are available and you almost try to avoid situations where you have to actually type anything. You'd rather perform a gesture than have to perform typing. And if you agree with that you're probably going to love the picture password. It makes it much faster and easier in my view to log in to your Windows 8 device. Let's get started by creating a picture password. I'll go ahead and swipe in from the right side of the screen in order to bring up the charm bar and then I'll choose settings from the charm bar and then I'll tap change PC settings at the bottom of the list there in PC settings.

I'll then switch to users. And you can see, here is my user account. And I can change my password. But I can also create a picture password. I'll go ahead and tap on the create a picture password option. And the first thing I need to do is verify my account. So I'll go ahead and tap into the password field to bring up the keyboard. And then I'll type my password. And then I'll tap OK. And now I can choose the image that I would like to use for my picture password.

I'll tap the Choose Picture button. And I'll go ahead and access my photos in SkyDrive. And then I'll choose an image that I think will be easy for me to remember a picture password for. I'll tap on that image and then tap the Open button. And you can see that the image is displayed. I can also adjust the overall position of the image if I want to make sure that I'm able to see specific details. For example, here I want to be sure that I'm able to see the ladder that is going into the water. So, that looks pretty good. I'll go ahead and tap on the Use This Picture button. And now I need to create three gestures, and these can be lines or geometric shapes essentially.

In this case, I'll start off with a counterclockwise circle over the ladder. And then I'll drag from the middle of the ladder out into the water. And finally, I'll drag across the horizon. So I'm creating three individual gestures. And now, I need to confirm those gestures. So once again, starting with the first gesture, a counterclockwise circle over the ladder. Followed by a line out into the water, followed by a line across the entire horizon. And since my gestures were a close enough match I've successfully created that picture password. I'll go ahead and tap the finish button and that takes me back to my user settings.

But I'm going to go back to the start screen. And then I'll tap on my username up at the top right and I'll tap the lock option in order to lock my device. And now I'll go ahead and use that picture password to actually sign into my device. I'll swipe up from the bottom of the display and you can see that I'm being prompted for my picture password. Now if at any time you're not able to use that picture password to sign in or your forgot the gestures, you can always tap the switch to password button so that you can simply type your password using the onscreen keyboard. But I think the picture password is much faster and easier. I'll go ahead and perform those gestures once again. And I've successfully signed into my Windows account. So you can see, by using a picture password, you're able to perform simple gestures to sign into your account rather than having to use the on screen keyboard.

And I think you'll find that that's a much faster and easier, while still secure, method for signing into your account.

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Up and Running with Windows 8

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      2m 3s
  2. 31m 6s
    1. A Windows 8 overview
      3m 53s
    2. Changing your environment
      3m 5s
    3. Customizing live tiles
      4m 14s
    4. Helpful keyboard shortcuts
      3m 41s
    5. Using gestures
      4m 18s
    6. Handwriting recognition on a tablet
      3m 7s
    7. Creating and using a picture password
      3m 25s
    8. Working with your account
      3m 0s
    9. Power options
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Basics of Metro applications
      3m 24s
    2. Working with a typical application
      4m 10s
    3. Updating applications
      2m 27s
    4. Browsing with Internet Explorer 10
      5m 58s
    5. Managing contacts with People
      4m 29s
    6. Configuring and using Mail
      5m 41s
    7. Connecting with Messenger
      4m 16s
    8. Staying organized with Calendar
      6m 7s
    9. Finding places with Maps
      6m 3s
    10. Getting more applications in the Windows Store
      3m 43s
    11. Purchasing applications
      2m 54s
    12. Organizing the Start screen
      2m 59s
    13. Accessing all applications
      2m 47s
    14. Running applications side by side
      3m 28s
    15. Closing applications
      2m 11s
    16. Unpinning or removing applications
      2m 4s
  4. 28m 0s
    1. Working with photos
      5m 56s
    2. Sharing photos
      3m 29s
    3. Copying videos to your computer
      3m 36s
    4. Watching movies and TV shows
      2m 23s
    5. Playing music
      4m 9s
    6. Using the Reader
      3m 59s
    7. Sharing with SkyDrive
      4m 28s
  5. 28m 13s
    1. Accessing and personalizing the desktop
      4m 55s
    2. Using desktop applications
      2m 23s
    3. Window sizing
      2m 57s
    4. Creating a desktop shortcut
      3m 8s
    5. Working with the File Explorer
      6m 11s
    6. Safely removing a device
      2m 51s
    7. Using the Recycle Bin
      3m 12s
    8. Snipping for screen captures
      2m 36s
  6. 18m 7s
    1. Changing Windows settings
      4m 20s
    2. Protecting your PC with Windows Defender
      5m 20s
    3. Adding devices
      2m 56s
    4. Printing
      2m 53s
    5. Backing up your files
      2m 38s

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