HT2486: Mac Basics: Address BookLearn about Mac Basics: Address Book
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 8:22 AM (in response to 100jeff100)
The only way I know how to completely erase your identity from a Mac computer is by erasing your entire hard drive, reinstalling the OS and setup entering a alias instead.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 8:33 AM (in response to ds store)
I'm just trying to delete a photo in Address book. I can't see why it requires anything as dramatic as deleting the entire hard drive and find this a rather perplexing suggestion.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 8:39 AM (in response to 100jeff100)
You should be able to just click on the picture on your card in Address Book and press the Delete key.
In case you're not aware, though, Mail is not sending your picture along with your emails. That's only displayed on your own computer.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 8:52 AM (in response to varjak paw)
Thanks Dave. This does not work and hence my query on here. Like yu I expectyed a simple delete would suffice but no such luck. In the address book I am the account holder and I think it is connected to that but can't see where this all links together. Its annoying me. It works if you want to delete the picture of any other contact but not if you are the account holder. Thanks for trying...
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 8:57 AM (in response to 100jeff100)
Mail is not adding you picture to the e-mail. Mail is looking up the send name in Address Book and seeing if there's a picture associated with the sender.
The distinction is important, because when you send an e-mail to someone, they never receive your picture. Conversely, when you receive an e-mail from someone and see a picture, it is not one they sent as part of the message, it's merely the image associated with that e-mail address in address book.
You are not sending anyone your picture.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 9:06 AM (in response to J D McIninch)
Many thanks JD. I appreciate I am not sending anyone my picture (lucky for them!) but still want to be able to delete the picture of myself anyway and that is the issue. I can set the picture to a blank but not delete it completely. Maybe that's the facts that it simply will not let you delete it completely if you are the account holder? I'll keep this open a while longer to see if there is any other answers but thanks everybody for trying tohelp.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 9:06 AM (in response to 100jeff100)
Sorry, you're right, it doesn't work. Apple's apparently changed that in Lion, and I didn't go back and test in my Snow Leopard system.
That picture is pulled from your account information - it's the one set on the Password tabs. There doesn't appear to be any way to remove the picture completely. You can, however, select another picture - you could make a blank image if you don't want anything at all - or as a rather crazy workaround, double-click on the picture in Address Book, slide the zoom control all the way to the right so that the selection rectangle is small, then drag the picture to be completely outside that rectangle. Note that either affects your account picture, so your image next to your login, if you have the login screen option set to "list of users" will reflect any changes you make.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 9:13 AM (in response to varjak paw)
Thanks again Dave. I think I'm going to close this off as I can't spend too much time trying to fix the impossible. Thanks to all. Jeff
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2012 3:47 AM (in response to 100jeff100)
I have worked this one out - you open Address Book, select your card, click on "Edit", select the photo, then delete it.
I had a problem where, with two iCloud accounts in Address Book, my login picture was being set to the Address Book picture. This seems to have dealt with that issue!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2012 6:50 AM (in response to RodneyW)
Offered that a month ago, Rodney, and it doesn't work in Snow Leopard, only in Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2012 9:37 AM (in response to 100jeff100)
In Snow Leopard, I believe the only way to achieve what you want is to delete your own card in Address Book.
I did that several months ago and no longer get a piccy in my Mail headers.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 23, 2012 7:40 PM (in response to 100jeff100)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2013 1:10 PM (in response to Tyler Crough)
Thanks this is helpful, I had the concern that my photo was going out with the mail. Learning that it a local phenomenon and not going out with messages is reassuring, similarly that the photos placed on incoming mail are only seen on my screen and then only if there is a photo associated in Address Book. Am I correct that this will be fixed when I upgrade to Mavericks from 10.6.8? NP
Currently Being ModeratedAug 25, 2013 9:45 PM (in response to nparr)
I think I know what you are taking about, nparr - cause I had it too
Go into Photo Booth, go through the reel of photos you have in there, find the picture and delete it. Then close out the program.
Hope this helps! Anita