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Windows 8 : Sharing and Securing with User Accounts - Picture Passwords

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Windows 8 introduces a new way to log into your computer using picture passwords. Picture passwords are designed to be used with touchscreen PCs and tablets so you do not have to type in characters. Instead you choose a picture, draw a combination of three gestures on the picture that become your “password,” and then save those combinations with that picture. You use those gestures to gain access to your computer, much like what happens when you type in a password on your keyboard.

Creating a picture password

You set up a picture password through the Users area in PC Settings. Click Create A Picture Password to display the Create A Picture Password dialog. Figure 1 shows the Create A Picture Password dialog box. Type your user password and click OK to verify your password. You’re now ready to select a picture and set up gestures to create the picture password.

FIGURE 1 Create a picture password.

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Click Choose Picture and select a picture you want to use. Click Open to see the How’s This Look? screen. Figure 2 shows an example of a picture that can be used for setting a picture password. You can now move the picture around until you see the view of the picture you want to use in your Picture Password. Once you establish that position, click Use This Picture.

FIGURE 2 Use any picture, like the one shown here, for your picture password.

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It’s time to draw the gestures to create the combination you want to use for the password. You can draw any combination of these three gestures: taps, circles, and straight lines. Figure 3 shows the screen for setting up your gestures. You’ll want to remember the following when you set up the gestures:

FIGURE 3 Set a picture password using a combination of three gestures.

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  • Position of the gestures
  • Size of the gestures
  • Direction of the gestures
  • Order in which you make the gestures

For example, on the flag picture, the following are suggested gestures:

  • Draw a circle around three stars on the flag
  • Tap the lowest white strip
  • Draw a straight line from the top-right corner of the blue border down to the bottom of the lower red stripe

As you draw each gesture, Windows does two things. First, it shows each gesture using a white outline arrow (for straight lines), a white circle outline for circles, and a white dot for taps. Second, it shows the sequence of each gesture as 1, 2, or 3.

If you make a mistake, click Start Over and restart the gestures.

After you complete the gestures once, you must confirm them before they are saved. Simply repeat your three gestures. If you forget one, click Start Over and redraw the gestures, and be sure to remember your gestures this time.

When you successfully redraw the gestures in their correct order, click the Finish button. You will return to the Users screen of PC Settings.

Testing your picture password

Once you create a picture password, it’s a good idea to test it soon to reinforce the gestures to memory. To do this, return to the Windows Start screen and sign out. Sign back into your account, this time using the gestures on the picture that displays. After you draw the correct gestures of your picture password, you are presented with the Windows Start screen.

 
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