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How to create a Picture Password in Windows 8

Description: This article will show you how to create a picture password for entry into Windows 8 that uses dots (single clicks) or dragged lines instead of a word as a password. Designed for the touch screen, this method can be utilized on any platform using Windows 8 using either a touch screen or a mouse.

  1. Click on the hotspot in the lower right corner to activate the charm menu.
    Windows 8 Desktop, Charms Hotspot
  2. Click on the Settings Charm.
    Windows 8 Charms, Settings
  3. Click on More PC Settings.
    Windows 8 PC Settings, Users
  4. Under PC Settings click on Users.
    Picture Password, Choose Picture
  5. Click on create a picture password.
  6. At the welcome to picture password screen click on Choose picture.
    Select Picture
  7. Select the picture you are using for your lock screen background.
    Confirm Picture, Select
  8. Click on Open.
  9. If this is the picture you intend to use click on Use this picture.
    Picture Password, Set Pattern
  10. You will now be asked to create a pattern using 3 strokes. The strokes can consist of either a single mouse click (a dot) or a dragged straight line. Both are shown below.
    Picture Password, Confirm Pattern
  11. You will then be asked to repeat the pattern and save the password.