Monday, April 18, 2011

Display user profile picture next to welcome name

Here is a simple way to add in the logged in users profile picture right before or after the users name in the SharePoint 2010 ribbon.

1.) Add the following to the top of your custom master page right before the doctype:
<%@ Register Tagprefix="SPSWC" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.WebControls" Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>


2.) Add in the following control right before the welcome text:
<SPSWC:ProfilePropertyImage PropertyName="PictureUrl" style="float: left; height: 20px;" ShowPlaceholder="true" id="PictureUrlImage" runat="server"/>


A nice feature that you can customize is if you don’t want to show a placeholder image if a users has not uploaded a custom picture you can simply change ShowPlaceholder="true" to “false”. and it will only show a picture if someone has specified a custom one in their profile.



If you want to have the image on the right simply move the control after the welcome and muiselctor controls, also remove the float:left in the picture style:
<wssuc:Welcome id="IdWelcome" runat="server" EnableViewState="false"></wssuc:Welcome>

<wssuc:MUISelector ID="IdMuiSelector" runat="server"/>

<SPSWC:ProfilePropertyImage PropertyName="PictureUrl" style="height: 20px;" ShowPlaceholder="true" id="PictureUrlImage" runat="server"/>

The 20px height is that golden number because any larger and the image will get cropped off on the bottom in IE7 and in IE8 you will start to see some separation and cropping of the ribbon when viewing the other ribbon tabs.

30px height:

20px Height:

The inline CSS above on the control is just to keep this blog post simple, Its recommended to move that inline style into your custom CSS file.


rob said...


with this picture in place and the statusbar present i am trying to make the picture a link to the profile of the user currently logged in.

i managed to make the picture clickable and i can set the navigationUrl but i am looking for the link to the currentUser profile.

any thoughts?

with kind regards.

Naren said...


Thanks for the post. I was wondering if this picture could be used on site pages other than the master page?

I keep getting an error saying Unknown server tag 'SPSWC:ProfilePropertyImage' despite adding the server tag prefix in the code. Any suggestions?

dennis said...

@ Naren,

Are you by any chance trying this on foundation rather than SharePoint Server?

Mugsy said...

This has SAVED me! Any suggestions on how to do this on the My Site pages?

Sayed Majid said...

Thanks dear, I'm always getting User name and password each time I access the intranet the first time. is there any solution?

pdanan said...


Brian McGrath said...

Rob - just use http:///person.aspx

Naren - Yes you can

Sayed - add your site to your trusted sites in IE OR switch to Kerberos

TSiggs said...

Noticed that when a user is viewing someone else's profile, instead of the currently logged in user the control displays the person's profile they are viewing. Looking for a workaround now...

Vipin Kumar Tanwar said...


How to make Picture clickable one ? any ideas ... kindly suggest.


Samo said...

hello, I've done this but unfortunately the displayed picture was the default one. i.e. the one which display if the user has no picture uploaded to his profile.

Any advice?

samo said...

Any replay, I'm using SP server 2010

Anonymous said...

Can this be done in Sharepoint Foundation as I seem to be getting the same problem as Naren?

Chakri said...

You can find SOLUTION here for foundation

Anonymous said...

Many Thanks Chakri.

Amin said...

well, no matter how many times i try it wont show it beside Current user,

i use Sharepoint server 2010,
before welcome after welcome ...

any suggestion?

Anonymous said...

Any idea how to make this work on My Sites? I am using feature stapling to staple my custom masterpage to the My Sites but I cant seem to get the image to appear next to the Welcome Menu...

The welcome menu is visible just the image is not and I have no idea what to do about it...Anyone have similar issues in My Sites?

Anonymous said...

I have three better ways to show the user image. You can find it on my blog:

Priyanka said...

Very nice info , it works in SharePoint 2013 as well just change the version to

Thanks for the article !!!

Spandan-dpn said...

i am doing this on Office 365 site.
but issue is that image is getting fetched for first time. If i go to the 'My Profile' and return back then and only then image get displayed. How to solve this issue. I am getting User Information using JavaScript.

Ulrich Gerting Bojko said...

Great guide. I am clearly gonna use it. And maybe reblog it.

77d8c5e4-bc8c-11e2-b71b-000bcdca4d7a said...

This is there any way to make it work with WSS 3.0


Bisi Ade said...


Where do I insert the picture for sharepoint users.

Is there a place in Active Directory or SharePoint where I can upload the pictures for all users.



Smita said...
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Smita said...

Hi Eric,

I tried using the code in SPS 2013 but am getting following error:
Unknown server tag 'SPSWC:ProfilePropertyImage'

Following are the steps that I followed:
1. I edited "Seattle.html" page to add code in !--SPM: -- tag

When I checked the seattle.master page I saw that the first piece of code is not in the file.

Where am I going wrong?

Bisi Ade said...
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Bisi Ade said...


I used this on my new productivity hub site and it throws up an error "<asp:Literal' is not a valid virtual path."

The path references java script for the hub site.

How can I get rid of this error?



aparna john said...

Hi,I wont reveal which ones I use in this article but I do have 3 different programs I use for Web Design Cochin. One I use to create pages from scratch, one I use to fix web pages that are messed up and the third one I use is one of the step by step software programs.Thanks....


How can we add this userprofile image in sharepoint2013 masterpage.I am also facing the same issue which smita reported.

Kyle Goulding said...


I have a slight problem with displaying the photo - when accessing mySite and view a different users profile the photo changes from the logged in user i.e. me to display the profile photo of the user who's profile I am viewing. Do you know how to get around this?

Thanks in advance