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Moodle Help & Support 

This refers to Moodle 2.7 from July 2015 onward

How to: add a profile picture to Moodle

Having a picture associated with your profile gives you an immediate identity and oils the wheels of interaction. If you interact online with a lecturer or student you didn’t know before you have a chance of recognizing them in the corridor, coffee room or lecture hall. If you’re on a distance learning module it may be a quick way to get a feel for the people you are talking to.

To add a profile picture to Moodle:

  1. Go to My Home
  2. In the ADMINISTRATION block> My profile settings>Edit profile
  3. Scroll down to the section entitled “User picture”
  4. To 'upload' an image...
    1. Click the 'Add...' icon
    2. Then click Upload a file (left)
    3. Then click Browse... and browse to the photo you want and double click (or single click to select, then click Open)
    4. Click Upload this file
      The filename appears in the window
    5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Update profile


  1. To 'drag and drop' an image
    1. Open the folder on your computer with the image you want add.
    2. Select the image (single click) and hold down the left mouse button as you drag the image onto the 'drag and drop' area.  As you're dragging the image the dashed lines defining the 'drag and drop' area will appear red until the image is within the  area, the dashes will then change to blue.
    3. Release the left mouse button to add the file.
    4. The image will then appear in the file upload area.
    5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Update profile

I've uploaded a picture to my profile - where does it appear in the module?

  • Your profile picture will appear whenever someone clicks on your name and goes to your profile page
  • Viewing the list of Participants in your module shows the pictures next to each name
    • An editing teacher can add a People block to your module sidebar, and this enables anyone in the module to click on the list of Participants
  • It will appear against your posts in forums

If you are an editing teacher you can add your name and details (as a label) to your module front page and link your name to your profile page via an internal text link URL.


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