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How to add or change the profile picture/avatar in Outlook?

Have you noticed there is a photo placeholder in the message header when viewing emails in Microsoft Outlook 2013? Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2013 support users adding or changing their profile pictures/avatars easily. In this article, I will introduce two tricky ways for you to add or change your profile pictures/avatars in Microsoft Outlook at ease.

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This method will guide you to change your profile picture/avatar with creating a new contact, and then adding a picture/avatar for this new contact in Microsoft Outlook.

Step 1: Shift to the Contact view with click the Contact (or People) in the Navigation Pane.

Step 2: Create a new contact:

  1. In Outlook 2007, please click the File > New > Contact;
  2. In Outlook 2010 and 2013, please click the New Contact on the Home tab.

Step 3: In the new Contact window, fill your profile references in according fields, and then click the Picture > Add Picture on the Contact tab. See screen shot:

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Step 4: In the popping Add Contact Picture dialog box, find out and select your profile picture/avatar, and click the OK button.

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Step 5: Complete the new contact creating, and then click the Save & Close button in the Contact window.

Note:

1. With this method, you can view the added or changed profile picture in People Pane when you reading messages in Outlook 2010 and 2013. However, other exchange users are not possible to view your profile picture/avatar.

2. You can also add profile picture/avatar to the contact you have already created before with the Step 3 and Step 4 above.


arrow blue right bubbleAdd or change the profile picture/avatar via Outlook Web App

This method will guide you to add or change the profile picture for your exchange account via Outlook Web App on internet.

Step 1: Log in the Outlook Web App with your exchange account.

Note: You can quick access the Outlook Web App with clicking the File > Info, ensuring the exchange account is selected under the Account Information, and then clicking the hyperlink besides the Account Settings button.

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Step 2: Click your exchange account name at the upper-right corner, and then click the Change below the blank/original profile image/avatar. See screen shot:

Step 3: In the new opening web page, please click the Browse button.

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Step 4: Then the File dialog box pops out. Find out and select your profile photo/avatar in this dialog box, and click the Open button.

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Step 5: It will take some time to upload your profile image/avatar. After uploading, please click the Save button. See screen shot:

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Step 6: Exit your Outlook Web App.

Then you will see your profile photo in the People Pane when viewing emails in Microsoft Outlook 2013 and 2010. What's more, your profile photo/avatar is visible for other exchange users when they receive your emails in Microsoft Outlook 2013 and 2010. See screen shot:

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Note: In some cases, you may not be able to view the profile picture uploaded from the Outlook Web App in Microsoft Outlook immediately. Anyway, the profile picture will be visible in several days.


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    Md. Habibur Rahman · 1 years ago
    In the new opening web page, the Browse button not showing, what can I do ??
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    Alejandro · 1 years ago
    The picture on my outlook profile is embebed on every email I send? or is just linked to the server?. I want my company to allow us to upload our picture but they say it takes so much space in the server.
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    Otieno · 1 years ago
    The above solution worked for me. Thanks
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    Grace · 1 years ago
    If we already have a profile picture up on Outlook Web, how could we save it to our computer without it looking pixilized?
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      kelly001 · 1 years ago
      Hi Grace,
      If your email account is an exchange account, when you upload a profile picture on Outlook web, the profile picture will be added to your Outlook desktop automatically.
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    Smithf867 · 3 years ago
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    Terry · 3 years ago
    I do not get the "change" option in the drop down when on the webpage.
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    Dooney · 4 years ago
    This is awesome, I've been trying to change it for months. It worked like a charm.
    Thank You
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    Evan · 4 years ago
    That's all really cool , all I need to do is delete my profile pic , why does this work of a thing make it so hard , should be able to right click delete , but nope where all searching google , I want to head but my PC . Ok Ok im ready enough winjing and " HEEEHHHHLLP " !
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    Nacera · 5 years ago
    Bravo. Bien expliqué. Merci
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    Robin · 5 years ago
    Most of these options are not available to me. I have some "clean" modern version or outlook. I have no picture options when creating contacts. Help please.
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    Stenili · 5 years ago
    You Noted: "In some cases, you may not be able to view the profile picture uploaded from the Outlook Web App in Microsoft Outlook immediately. Anyway, the profile picture will be visible in several days." SEVERAL DAYS MEANS HOW MANY DAYS? MINE HAS NOT APPEARED FOR DAYS ALREADY.
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    Stenili · 5 years ago
    You Noted: "In some cases, you may not be able to view the profile picture uploaded from the Outlook Web App in Microsoft Outlook immediately. Anyway, the profile picture will be visible in several days." SEVERAL DAYS MEANS HOW MANY DAYS?