Tame your computer - jog your memory


In her regular series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes a simple trick to remind you that you changed your password...

Do you work somewhere where your password expires after a certain number of days? If so, you might habitually enter the old password for a few days. Obviously that won’t cause any issues, but you might find it annoying.

So if you want to stop yourself in your tracks, why not change the  picture on the Start menu and Welcome screen? This way, every time you press CTRL+ALT+ENTER to unlock your computer, you'll see that new picture, reminding you that you changed your password. It does the trick for me.

Here's how:

  1. Click on the Start button or press the Windows (WIN) key and type account picture in the Search box.
  2. Click on the Change your account picture link (or simply press ENTER if the link is highlighted).
  3. Select the picture you want to use, and then click Change Picture. If you want to use your own picture, click Browse for more pictures, navigate to and double-click the picture you want to use. (You can use a picture of any size, but it must have .jpg, .png, .bmp, or .gif as the file name extension.)

I had to change my password where I worked last Wednesday and my picture is now Ricky Gervais’ quote “Be happy. It really annoys negative people.”

Related tips:

Change your picture on the Start menu and Welcome screen
WIN is for shortcut


12 February 2018

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk


Karen Roem
Microsoft Office-ionado

Roem Ltd – software training and support