AddPicture Method

Adds a picture to a contact item.


*expression   * Required. An expression that returns a ContactItem object.

Picture   Required. A string containing the complete path and filename of the picture to be added to the contact item.


If the contact item already has a picture attached to it, this method will overwrite the existing picture.

The picture can be an icon, GIF, JPEG, BMP, TIFF, WMF, EMF, or PNG file. Microsoft Outlook will automatically perform the necessary resizing of the picture.


The following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) example prompts the user to specify the name of a contact and the file name containing a picture of the contact, and then adds the picture to the contact item. If a picture already exists for the contact item, the example prompts the user to specify if the existing picture should be overwritten by the new file.

Sub AddPictureToAContact()
    Dim myOlApp As Outlook.Application
    Dim myNms As Outlook.NameSpace
    Dim myFolder As Outlook.MAPIFolder
    Dim myContactItem As Outlook.ContactItem
    Dim strName As String
    Dim strPath As String
    Dim strPrompt As String
    Set myOlApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
    Set myNms = myOlApp.GetNamespace("MAPI")
    Set myFolder = myNms.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderContacts)
    strName = InputBox("Type the name of the contact: ")
    Set myContactItem = myFolder.Items(strName)
    If myContactItem.HasPicture = True Then
     strPrompt = MsgBox("The contact already has a picture associated with it. Do you want to overwrite the existing picture?", vbYesNo)
     If strPrompt = vbNo Then
      Exit Sub
     End If
    End If

    strPath = InputBox("Type the file name for the contact: ")
    myContactItem.AddPicture (strPath)
 End Sub

Applies to | DistListItem Object

See Also | AddMembers Method | DistListItem Object | Recipient Object | Recipients Object