My hat shows over my avatar so that I can't see my head on Stack Overflow and all other accounts. How can I see my head on my favorite avatar?

  • 3
    Use a different hat.
    – Undo
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 3:59
  • 1
    One way is to simply adjust your profile picture byu uploading new image.
    – Zword
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 4:00

2 Answers 2


As the [Winter Bash blog post][1] says:

Hat position is adjustable on your face: You remember how crushed you were after finally earning a mustache “hat,” only to discover that on your avatar, it was basically an extremely dapper unibrow? NEVER AGAIN.

You can finally reposition hats in the box until Don Draper’s suit fits as well it fits him. (I know, I know… “it’s not a suit; it’s a carousel.” Give it a rest, Don. Not everything is a carousel.)

  1. Go into your profile
  2. Click on your avatar icon
  3. Drag your hat around to make it fit as well as you can [1]: https://blog.stackoverflow.com/2013/12/winter-bash-2013-is-here/?cb=1
  • 1
    It is too big. Is there any resizing options?
    – Let's Code
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 4:07
  • Nope, at least not yet. Just the ability to reposition it.
    – j08691
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 4:11
  • 4
    Now to make a feature request to be able to tilt my hat at a jaunty angle.
    – Alconja
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 5:34
  • 3
    @Alconja that way madness lies.
    – Dan Rust
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 7:28

You won't, unfortunately, be able to make every avatar work wit certain hats. What you can try is making a 128x128 crop of your avatar (exactly 128x128) with a better positioned head. At 128x128, what you see is what you get.

You've got this:

See, this is just huge.

But you really want something like this:

Now, that's better.

Then you can play around with re-sizing the original a bit in order to get more in. It's pretty simple, just create a 128x128 image and don't preserve aspect ratio when you paste your original into it - you'll have to move it around to get it to fit in the new thumb the way you want (I used Paint.Net).

You can also re-size the original to shrink it down some prior, to fit more into the new thumb, but you probably want to maintain the aspect ratio of it during that process.

Unfortunately, at least this year, you'll have to manually tweak around certain hats that you really like, but just don't fit your avatar quite correctly. Next year? Who knows what that nimble balpha guy will come up with for more advanced mad-hattering.

  • Wow that is impossible because now my avatar is a famous step of my favorite dancer if I crop this how can I see this step? I don't want Michel Jackson's head only I need all his step.
    – Let's Code
    Commented Dec 18, 2013 at 5:11
  • @Bizzon This was just the best compromise I could think of, we wouldn't be able to handle this sort of case outside of resizing the hat itself. That's .. not going to be possible this year, but we can look at it next year.
    – user50049
    Commented Dec 18, 2013 at 5:28
  • @Bizzon, I cannot really see that step in your avatar anyway. Maybe if I'd go into your profile, but not when shown next to a post.
    – Arjan
    Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 11:03

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