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Windows 8 has some major differences from previous versions, including a new Start screen and support for touchscreen gestures. In this course veteran trainer Tim Grey will help you get oriented. After exploring the interface and the preinstalled applications, Tim shows how to add or remove applications, send and receive email, browse the web, view and share photos, play music and movies, and much more. Plus, see how to switch to the traditional desktop interface, if you prefer it, and get tips on managing, protecting, printing, and backing up your files.
When you're working with Windows 8, you'll have a user account of course, and this allows you not only to secure your computer, requiring a password for you to sign in, for example, but also to store all of your personalization settings, which can be automatically synchronized over a wide variety of devices. Let's take a look at some of the options that are available for that user account. The current user is shown up at the top right of the Start screen. And in fact, we have a photo associated with our user account. I'll go ahead and tap on my username to bring up the menu of options, and we'll start off by taking a look at the option to change our account picture.
This will take us to PC Settings, where we can personalize our account picture. I'll go ahead and tap the Browse button, and then I can navigate to a particular location where I have photo stored and choose an image that I'd like to use. Here on my Sky Drive for example, I have some pictures, and so I can go through those images and find one that I'd like to use for my user account. I'll go ahead and choose this waterfall photo. I'll tap on it to select it, and I'll tap the Choose Image button. And you can see that my previously used account picture is shown, so I can switch back to that at any time if I'd like, but I now have a new account picture.
Note by the way, that you can even take a new image with your webcam if your device is so equipped. I'll go ahead and switch back to the Start screen. And you can see that the new account picture is reflected with my user name. I'll go ahead and tap once again on my username, and then the next option is to lock the device. And this provides a very quick and easy way to protect our device so that others can't use it since they, of course, don't have our password. To log back in, I'll go ahead and swipe upward on the display, and then I'll utilize my picture password in order to sign in to the account.
And I'm back to my start screen. I can also completely sign out altogether. I'll go ahead and tap on my user account one more time and then tap the sign out option. And now, I'm signed out altogether from my device. So now, I will need to choose which user I want to sign in as if I'm going to sign in once again. I'll go ahead and swipe from the bottom of the display. I'll tap on my username and then, once again, use my picture password to sign into my account. And of course, I'm just one user, but I could also create additional user accounts.
I'll swipe in from the right side of the display to bring up the Charm Bar, and then I'll tap Settings and tap Change PC Settings. And then, I'll switch to the Users Option and you'll see here, in addition to being able to adjust settings for my own account, I can also add a user just by tapping the Add A User button. And then, entering the particular details for that user. So, overall, a very simple and straightforward process of working with your account. In fact, most of the time, you'll hardly even know that account exists other than the fact that all of your various settings get automatically synchronized across devices. But it's good to know that those various options exist, even if most of the time, you don't even realize that you're working within your account.
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