Windows 8 includes a new feature which allows you to secure a user account by using a series of gestures (on a picture of your choice), rather than by using a password. On a touchpad, this could be a much easier way of logging in to your Windows 8 account.

To create a Picture Password for your account, log in as normal and then click the Control Panel tile in Metro:

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Then, click Users:

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Now, select Create a Picture Password:

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You'll then need to confirm your existing password and click OK:

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Next, click Choose Picture:

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Select the image you wish to use and then click Open:

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You can now drag the image to position it and then click Use this picture once you are happy:

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Now you need to select 3 gestures on image, either by clicking and dragging with the mouse or using your touchscreen:

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Once these choices have been confirmed, you're all set and ready to go!

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If you wish to edit or undo these options, just return to the User menu in the control panel.