Add or change a contact picture

To help you connect names with faces, you can assign pictures to your Outlook contacts. This lets you see the sender's picture when you receive an e-mail message.

If you have a Microsoft Exchange account, your organization might have contact pictures for each person in the directory, and those pictures are automatically displayed in messages.

Do any of the following:

Quickly assign a picture to a contact

  1. At the bottom of the navigation pane, click Contacts  Outlook contacts icon .

  2. Open the contact that you want.

  3. Drag a picture from anywhere on your computer onto the picture icon next to the contact's name.

Use zoom, effects, or a camera for a contact picture

  1. At the bottom of the navigation pane, click Contacts  Outlook contacts icon .

  2. Open the contact that you want, and then double-click the picture icon next to the contact's name.

    The picture selector opens.

  3. Do any of the following:

    Outlook 2016 for Mac

    Outlook contact picture options
    Outlook 2016 for Mac picture selector

    To

    Do this

    Take a picture with your computer's camera

    Click Camera from the list, and then click Outlook camera button .

    Locate a picture on your computer using the Finder

    Click Other.

    Zoom in or out on the picture

    Drag the zoom slider Outlook zoom control .

    Adjust the picture's placement within the frame

    Click the picture and drag it.

    Apply effects to the picture

    Click Photo selector effects , and then click the effect that you want.

    Choose a standard picture

    Click Default, and pick the picture you want.

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    To

    Do this

    Take a picture with your computer's camera

    Click Photo selector camera .

    Locate a picture on your computer using the Finder

    Click Choose.

    Zoom in or out on the picture

    Drag the zoom slider Photo selector zoom .

    Adjust the picture's placement within the frame

    Click the picture and drag it.

    Apply effects to the picture

    Click Photo selector effects , and then click the effect that you want.

  4. Click Done or Set.

Replace a picture with a version from the directory in Outlook 2011 for Mac

If your organization provides contact pictures for people in the organization, you can replace a custom picture with the version from the directory.

  1. At the bottom of the navigation pane, click Contacts  Contacts view button .

  2. Open the contact that you want.

  3. Rest the pointer on the lower-right corner of the contact's picture. When a refresh icon appears on the picture, click the icon.

    Refresh directory photo

  4. On the confirmation message that appears, click Replace.

    Note: When you replace a custom picture with the version from the directory, the custom picture is deleted.

See also

Add the sender of a message to your Outlook contacts

Save or update a contact from a directory

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