Microsoft Office Picture Manager was, and arguably still is, the best and most favoured Microsoft tool for viewing and editing images in Windows systems. Picture Manager used to be a part of the Microsoft Office Suite from Office versions 2003 through 2010. However, Microsoft stopped including it in the suite from Office 2013, and people’s hopes of getting it back in Office 2016/365 were shattered on the release of the suite. However, nothing is lost, for you can still get back to using Microsoft Office Picture Manager on your system.
Getting Back Microsoft Office Picture Manager
People have different reasons for not being able to use Microsoft Office Picture Manager. They are:
The problem in Office Suite leading to not finding Picture Manager. Versions prior to 2013 only
Using Microsoft Office Suite 2013 and onwards, where Picture Manager is not included
The solution to both of these is quite simple. If you are unable to use Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office versions before 2013, you need to install it selectively. Here’s how you can do that:
Uninstall MS Office from Control Panel You cannot install individual products directly. Simply go to Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs (based on your Windows version) to uninstall office
Start installation of Office. You will find the ‘Choose the Installation you want’ dialogue box. Click on ‘Customize’
Under the ‘Installation Options’ Tab, you will find different options. Right click on the products you do not want to install and click on ‘Not Available’.
To find tools like Picture Manager, expand an option by clicking on the + sign next to it and find Picture Manager on the list.
Continue with the installation. Only Picture Manager will be installed now, and you can use it.
For people who are using Office 2013 or higher, there is the option of installing Picture Manager via the Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010. It includes Picture Manager in it still. Follow these steps:
Download the version of SharePoint Designer for your system from Microsoft’s website.
Start the installation. Under ‘Choose the installation you want’, click on ‘Customize’.
Again, make sure that all the three entries in the ‘Installation tab’ are marked as ‘Not available’.
Expand ‘Office Tools’ by clicking on the + sign next to it. Select Picture Manager from the list and install it.
After doing so, you can find Picture Manager under Microsoft Office 2010 Tools.
Microsoft Office Picture Manager was the preferred tool of users all over the world. However, for some unknown reasons, Microsoft replaced it with Windows Live Gallery. The editing options in the latter are nothing as compared to the former, and this has been bothering people for a long time. However, with the help of this article, you can easily get Microsoft Office Picture Manager back in your system, regardless of the version of Office you might be using.