How to Set Your Profile Photo Thumbnail on Facebook

by Wendy Chamberlain on November 8, 2011

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One of the great features of Facebook is photo sharing.

Many Facebook users have been taking advantage of this to share pictures of themselves or with friends, family, colleagues and business partners as well as other images they find interesting and valuable.

But other than uploading photos on albums and on walls, Facebook users also have the ability to post their profile photos and change them when they want to.

The profile picture is very important as it shows your unique identity and shows to other people that you’re a real person.  Statistics show that people will trust a picture of a person over a company logo or other types of pictures (such as cars, scenery, etc).

On Facebook, profile photos are shown differently. It is usually larger on a person’s profile page and smaller on the news feed page.

So a half body shot on the profile page will show only the upper body section on the news feed. The image that you see in the news feed is known as the thumbnail image.

You may not be happy with the way your photo is shown as a thumbnail. It could be that your face or body is not centered or your head is cut in half (or off!).

The good news is that you can adjust your thumbnail image according to what suits you best. This can be easily done in just a few steps.

How to Set Your Photo Thumbnail on Facebook

On your profile page, click Edit Profile or the one with the pencil icon on top. This is shown above the five photos on top of the profile page and at the last part of your profile information.

When you’re on the Edit Profile page, click Profile Picture on the top left column below Basic Information.

You will next be directed to your profile photo. This is where you can change your personal photo by uploading a new one from your computer and also where you can edit your thumbnail.

Below your picture, you will see the Edit thumbnail link. This is the one you need to click to adjust how your thumbnail image is displayed.

The next page you will be shown is where you can edit your thumbnail photo.

Drag the cross icon on your picture to adjust it to show the area that you would like to display on your news feed.

Don’t forget to click the Save Settings button afterwards.

And that’s it. Those are the simple steps you can take to adjust your thumbnail photo.


By Wendy Moore
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