I can't seem to browse my hard disk for a custom image to use as my account picture anymore since installing OS X Mountain Lion.

The new popover shows that I can now only choose from the default set of pictures, pick something I've recently used, or take a new one with my Mac's iSight camera:

(I have no real inclination towards golf.)

There was always a Choose button in the panel dialog in previous versions of OS X, but now it's gone. Is there no way to browse my disk for a custom image anymore on Mountain Lion, or is there hopefully a defaults switch somewhere that I need to flip to enable it again?

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You can drag in any picture from the Finder into the Preference Pane to change the custom image. Not as convenient as using the Open Dialog though...

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    Strange why I hadn't thought of that — I'd just done exactly the same thing an hour ago, except with a login item. Thanks!
    – BoltClock
    Aug 14, 2012 at 18:17
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    Good to know... I just switched from the Windows world a couple of weeks ago and there are little things like that that throw me off at times. I'd say I strongly prefer the Open/Save dialog on Windows though (for everything). The one in Finder has a few shortcomings in comparison. Aug 20, 2012 at 13:09
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    I've been using OS X for 5+ years now and I still trip over these "intuitive" interfaces pretty frequently. Jan 11, 2017 at 8:45
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