Change initials on microsoft office
It would be great if we could change the initials in the colored circle on outlook. I am able to change it on word, excel, etc. so it would be awesome to do this on outlook too.
I've got this problem in our Office 365 environment as well.
Except our people get just 1 initial.
This seems to happen to people with 2 prepositions in their name.
Such as "van der".
I live in The Netherlands where 2 prepositions i very common.
Just a random example:
Jan van de Berg.
Initials show up as "J".
Edwin in 't Bos.
Shows up as "E".
We need to be able to make this change, because some users are confused with the incorrect initials.
Yeah... I'm know by my last name, first initial and middle initial, which of course, NOBODY KNOWS...
This should not be a cryptic process.
Tell me someone has found the Powershell magic to make this happen
Kevin Trumbull commented
The order of names is a localization issue.
Perhaps Microsoft has outsourced programming to people who don't know that the correct order differs by country/region and who use a different order. Of course, to fail in such an obvious fashion perhaps they've also outsourced their Quality and Assurance as well.
Rudi Theuns commented
Everyone knows JFK. who would know KJ ?
my initials are EM but i was assigned MJ. how do i change it?
I agree, the initials are backward and it is confusing. Please have first initial, last initial order.
@Tony If he were in Office as "Roosevelt, Franklin Delano", his initials would show up as "RD"... because that's much better right?
Chase Roth commented
These votes would be better suited on a topic that better explains the issue. This topic has most votes regarding the initials, but doesn't explain much. Wish MS could combine request as once you put all the different requests that are basically asking for the same things this is a pretty hot topic.
Adding my notes from other one:
This is very annoying. Our organization is affected by this also. We have display names "Last, First" and the initials in the image show as "LF". I agree it should follow this progression:
1) Does account have First Name (GivenName) and Last Name (SurName)? if yes use those for initials.
2) Does DisplayName have a comma (,) that is not a followed by a Jr., Sr., II, III, IV, etc? If so, assume it is "Last, First" format and create initials accordingly.
3) If neither of above exist, if there are three words then assume " First Middle Last" format and create initials with "FML".
4) If none of above, and two words assume "First Last" format and create initials accordingly, "FL".
Added bonus, maybe allow user to specify what to display. This way we can fix account that are for example "IT Department" to not be "ID", but rather "IT" and leave the "D" out entirely.
Chris Charlton commented
Hey, Microsoft, you know the way Roosevelt was known as "RDF"? Yeah, me neither.
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!
Right?! Why are all the initials backwards?! It's making me crazy!
John Bush commented
Do you think it would be asking too much for my name not to be displayed as "BJ" which is a euphemism for oral sex performed on a male? Please, and thank you.