The ability to pick your own colour of the initials in the user pic in outlook web app
The Initials that have replaced the silhouette as the User pic in outlook 365 web app are good but it would be nice to be able to pick you own colour choice.
What is the meaning of the different colored backgrounds on mail in the inbox in Hotmail?
Would like to be able to change colors and have it propogate across all parts of my Office 365 Group. I have a Blue Group page, but then when I click on files (OneDrive) it turns pink with no where to change it.
The initials are a completely useless, stupid and annoying feature and should be eliminated. If one has last name first, the initials come out backward.
Why did anyone ever think that mandatory spots with initials was a good idea?
I have an uploaded photo and it still dictates the color and initials...So cruel
A Macrae commented
There are lots of Email clients available. If what annoys about the new Outlook is just the appearance, you can download a free for home use client like EMClient or Thunderbird, link it to your Hotmail / Outlook account and experiment with the appearance. If you don't like one, try another. I just loaded EMClient7 It took 2 minutes to link to Outlook. No more coloured dots!
A Macrae commented
What is the point of these multi- coloured measles? Nobody on my email contact list uses a photo or an avatar, so I'm now faced with a screenful of totally functionless and apparently random colour spots.
I realise MS are trying to commoditise "Hotmail" , I realise I've had a free tool for many years. I appreciate that. I'd like that tool back please; A simple, functional webmail tool - even if I have to pay $20 a year for it.
Dale Doss commented
I guess asking to have three initials is right out...
I'm a dude and mine is pink!!! What the ****. Can't change it???
OK, Folks, here's one sollution
Right click on the initials and wait. Some options appear. You can select one, chose or take a photo, or insert a .jpg graphic in place of the annoying initials.
The problem is, I believe you have to do each contact separately :(
how can i change the initials icon to just a picture ??
Flávio Mendes commented
My initials are PINK!!!!!! PINK!!!!!! I am am a MAN!!!!!!!!!!! can you beleave this????!!!!!! I didnt't decide that!!!! How can i change them???? Jesus, I am so ****** off
I don't find the initials helpful at all, since plenty of people have the same initials, I can't at a glance tell who is who by looking at the medallions anyway. In addition, in my contacts list, color coding would be useful as an organizing too, but I don't understand the reason for the different colors if they are not controlled by me, they are just random with no meaning. That makes them just large prominent dots which draw my attention away from the real information which is the name of the person I want to make sure gets my email
Jesse Li commented
Why don't you just make a profile picture with the initials you want in the colours you want.
Who cares about the colour? Our problem is that our display names are in the format
First Last, Title.
For example, Jane Doe, Ms.
What this means is that anyone in our organization who has not uploaded a picture will have the initials AM or BM or CM or DM or EM... as their auto-generated profile picture. Since we currently hold hundreds of thousands of licences, that makes for a crazy number of people with MM as their initials.
What is required here is for admins to set up policies on how the initials are displayed/created based on the organization's preferred naming conventions.
Jack Beggs commented
Ugh, How about remove them entirely? Not happy with my initials, "BJ". Did they not think that most organizations use lastname,firstname conventions in AD? Who wants their initials reversed???
Obviously the answer is to boycott them. Lets just all bite the bullet and change to a different and a more less ******** E-mail server. Outlook has always suk'd with all the spam and now this forced new outlook. I hated it before and now its even worse. Its simple...slap them back and BOYCOTT them dumb evil bastards!
Keri S commented
This thread keeps popping up. You should combine the threads so you can tally the votes properly. Most people (including me) want to be able to control their own initials, and the related topic seems to be controlling the color of the box in which the initials get displayed.
I think part of the problem is that Microsoft doesn't seem to understand the question. I've seen this question posted to multiple boards with MS support consistently responding with a multitude of questions that illustrate their lack of understanding of the issue.
Here are the 3 related issues:
1. Organizations/Admins want to control the default color and initials of the little box that is displayed next to a user if he/she has not uploaded a photo.
2. Users want to be able to change the default color and initials of that same little box without uploading a photo.
3. The default initials are backwards. Initials should always be listed in order of First name, Last name, at least for Germanic languages. If you're going to force a default on users, then at least use one that makes sense. More importantly, users should be able to set their own initials. These backwards initials are used in more than just that little photo box. My initials pop up backwards every time I edit a shared document or add content to a OneNote notebook. You have the option to set your own initials in the installed version of Office. Make it available online!
Would be good if we as admins could just change the order of the initials without uploading a photo. As then the photo would appear in the users Outlook, instead of just OWA where the default one only appears in our organisation. As I have a user who's real initials are JB, but Microsoft made the default picture BJ, as unfortunante as this is I don't want to tell the user to upload a photo to change it, or even if I make a new picture for the user that says JB, it will appear in Outlook when we don't want it too.
I'm pretty sure you could open MSPaint. Pick a background color. Add a Text Box. =Type your initials. Save it. Upload it to your profile.
Unhappy with Incorrect Initials
I have a real problem with changing my initials to "Pe" when they were "PS" before which stands for my first initials of my first and last name. I do not care about the color, but I do the initials. If this is to force us to post a picture when we do not want to, then let me inform you that I should have the "freedom of choice" declared under law, and not the dictates of a corporation, which is not declared anywhere under the law.