Add, change, or remove a picture for a contact

In Microsoft Outlook, images can be added to a contact form or to an Electronic Business Card (Electronic Business Card: A view of specific information about a contact, in a format similar to a paper-based business card, that can be inserted into messages.). This helps you can put a face to a name or a quickly match a logo to a company contact.

If both the sender and the recipient use Microsoft Outlook 2010 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, a contact picture appears in e-mail messages when the sender includes a contact photo. The picture appears in the message header (message header: Summary information that you download to your computer to determine whether to download, copy, or delete the entire message from the server. The header includes these fields: Subject, From, Received, Importance, Attachment, and Size.) of the open message and in the header of the message in the Reading Pane (Reading Pane: A window in Outlook where you can preview an item without opening it. To display the item in the Reading Pane, click the item.). Double-click the contact picture to open the contact or right-click the picture for other contact options.

Add, remove or change a picture

Images added to a contact form, are automatically sized to 90 pixels by 90 pixels. Contact photos can be in most standard graphics file formats, including .jpg, .png, .gif, .bmp, or .tif.

Add a picture

  1. In Contacts, do one of the following:
    • Open the contact that you want.
    • On the Home tab, in the New group, click New Contact.
  2. On the Contact tab, in the Options group, click Picture, and then click Add Picture.
  3. Browse to locate the picture that you want to add, and then double-click the file name.

Remove a picture

  1. In Contacts, open the contact that you want.
  2. On the Contact tab, in the Options group, click Picture, and then click Remove Picture.

Change a picture

  1. In Contacts, open the contact that you want.
  2. On the Contact tab, in the Options group, click Picture, and then click Change Picture.
  3. Browse to find the picture that you want to use instead, and then double-click the file name.

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Match Electronic Business Card pictures with contact pictures

Your contact image might not match that on a contact's Electronic Business Card. For example, a contact might send you an Electronic Business Card that he or she has customized. In this case, adding or changing an image on the contact form (contact form: A view of an individual contact that contains all the information stored in the contact.) does not automatically update the image on the card.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In an open contact, double-click the Electronic Business Card.
    • In an open contact, on the Contact tab, in the Options group, click Business Card.
  2. Under Card Design, at Image, click Change.
  3. Browse to locate the picture that you want to add, and then double-click the file name.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2010