I'm using Promoted links Web part and i want to show a user picture on the background of the tile. How can i get the user picture? I'm trying to do this with no code.

The only way to add a picture is to use its url, but if he changes his profil pic the image will no longer exist... Do i have to upload the picture by myself somewhere? Or maybe upload it on sharepoint? But then whenever he changes his picture i will have to change it in my promoted links list too...

how can i achieve his?

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By inspecting the source code i noticed the profile pic is set like this: background-image:url(/_layouts/15/userphoto.aspx?size=L&username=usernamehere);​

So I used the same url in my promoted links list and when ever a user change his profile picture the url is returning the right pic too.

Because of the cache files the changed pic can't be seen imediatly. So I need to clear it i want to see the new picture. But it works and it's a no code solution.

  • Looks like a very good solution.
    – Oak3
    Nov 25, 2015 at 12:42
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    The querystring-paremeter is not called username, it's called accountname.
    – Mx.
    Oct 13, 2016 at 11:48
  • Cleared browser cache but still image is not updated, seems like sharepoint is having some other internal cache
    – codemirror
    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:44

Without code, you won't fix the issue on the changing profile picture. With code, you could solve this with https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/jj920104.aspx

You could also think about using a content by search webpart to show people and pictures and somehow filter the result to get the same people.

  • Can't we use a script editor? And load all the pictures? but then i don't know how to set the picture in the right tile
    – Tanaka
    Nov 20, 2015 at 12:43
  • Yes, you could use the script editor.And you need to have a key like email address or username in the tile to set the picture.
    – Oak3
    Nov 23, 2015 at 10:22

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