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Working with your account

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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.

Working with your account

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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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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