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The My Picture option is how you choose what picture, if any, you want to display with your contact information.

Important:  If the Edit or Remove Picture button on the My Picture options window is dimmed (not available), as shown in this screen shot, your organization may have turned off the option for users to change their picture settings. See your technical support staff if you have questions about this policy.

Show my picture

If your organization has set up Lync so it shows people’s pictures with their other contact information, your picture is automatically displayed from the corporate directory. If you’re satisfied with the picture, you don’t need to make any changes to the settings on this window.

Hide my picture

Depending on how Lync has been set up, you might be able to hide your picture from other Lync users. Your contacts will see a blank outline of a person’s head instead of your picture.

  • To hide your picture from other Lync users, click Hide my picture, and then click OK.

  • To not have your picture display in Microsoft Office programs, including Lync:

    1. Click Options >My Picture > Edit or Remove Picture.

    2. On the SharePoint window, click Remove picture.

    3. Click OK.

Change my picture

As mentioned earlier, if the Edit or Remove Picture button is dimmed, your organization has decided not to let users change their pictures. If you can change your picture, here’s how to do it.

Use a picture from your computer or an external drive

  1. On the Lync main window, click your picture. This opens the Lync - Options dialog box.

  2. Click Edit or Remove Picture.

  3. At this point either a Microsoft Exchange window or a Microsoft SharePoint window opens, depending on how your system has been set up. (You can tell which program you’re in by the buttons, as described here.)

  • If you’ve been taken to an Exchange window, do the following:

  • Click Edit > Edit photo > Browse.

  • Go to where your replacement picture is stored (this can be on your computer or on an external or network drive). Your replacement picture can be any size or type, including HD (high-definition).

  • Double-click the file.

  • On the Change Photo window, click Save. If a message is displayed that asks if you want to close the window, click Yes.

  • If you’re in SharePoint, do the following:

  • Click Upload picture.

  • Click Browse on the Choose-a-picture dialog box, and then go to the replacement picture you want to upload.

  • Double-click the picture or file name, and then click Upload.

  • Click OK on the Profile Changes dialog box.

  • On the SharePoint profile window, click Save all and close.

Note:  After you’ve changed your picture it may take a while before the new picture appears.

Use a picture from a public website

If your organization has enabled this option, you can use a photo from any public website, such as Yammer, OneDrive, Facebook, etc., as your Lync photo. If this option is available, the My Picture options window will include a button labeled Show a picture from a website:

Screen shot section of Lync my picture options window with select picture from website highlghted

To use this option, select Show a picture from a website, enter the URL for the photo you want to use, and then click Connect to Picture.

Note that in order for your contacts to see the photo, they too will need to have access to the site where the photo has been placed.

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