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Skype for Business (Windows) - Set my picture options in Skype for Business

The My Picture options window in Skype for Business is where you can change your sign-in settings to speed up the sign-in process, specify presence and calendar meeting information to display to others in Skype for Business and tell Skype for Business how you want it to interact with other Office programs.
Note: If the Edit or Remove Picture button on the My Picture options window is dimmed (not available), your organization has turned off the option that allows users to change their picture settings.

Here's how to access the My Picture options window:

  1. In the Skype for Business main window, click the Options button and select My Picture, or click the arrow next to the Options button and select Tool > Options. 

    The Options menu in Skype for Business.

  2. On the Options page, select My Picture.

    My Picture options

    Note: If you've selected Show Menu Bar, you can open the options menu from the Skype for Business main window by clicking Tools > Options and then selecting My Picture. 
Hide my picture

Depending on how Skype for Business has been set up. you might be able to hide your picture from other Skype for Business users. Your contacts will see a blank outline of a person's head instead of your picture. 
  • To hide your picture from other Skype for Business users, click Hide my picture, and then click OK. 
Note: If you don't want your picture to be displayed in any Microsoft Office programs, including Skype for Business. 
  1. Click Options > My Picture > Edit or Remove Picture.

  2. In the SharePoint window, click the X.

  3. Click Save and then click OK. 

Change my picture

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. 
  1. Click Edit or Remove Picture.

  2. Either a Microsoft Exchange window or a Microsoft SharePoint window opens, depending on how your system has been set up. 

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

    1. Click Edit > Edit photo > Browse. 

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

    3. Navigate 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). 

    4. Double-click the file. 

If you've been taken to SharePoint, do the following:
  1. Click Browse, and then navigate to the replacement picture you want to upload. 

  2. Double-click the picture or file name, and then click Change

  3. Click Save.

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

Use a picture from a public website

Note: For your contacts to see the photo, they too will need to have access to the site where the photo has been uploaded. 

If your organization has enabled with this option, you can use a photo from any public website, such as Yammer, OneDrive, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., as your Skype for Business 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

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:skype for business windows set my picture options   Doc ID:74152
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-06-19 11:49 MDTUpdated:2017-06-20 08:31 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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