The newer versions of Microsoft Office come with a lot of new features, but you will notice that Microsoft Office Picture Manager is no longer part of the MS Office Suite. The last MS Office version with Picture Manager was Microsoft Office 2010.
Picture Manager allowed users to view and edit photos just like the current Photos app. However, it hadn’t been updated since MS Office 2003 (that is, when XP reigned supreme on PCs around the world). Microsoft added the Photos app as a modern replacement for the Microsoft Office Picture Manager, so newer versions of MS Office no longer include the Picture Manager.
However, if you’ve gotten used to making quick edits with Picture Manager, you can still install it as a standalone app.
How do I install Microsoft Office Picture Manager
Since the app is available as a standalone, you don’t need to downgrade your MS Office to get it back. You can get the Picture Manager back using the installation files for an older MS Office version (ie 2003, 2007 or 2010).
If you don’t have the installation files, you can use the SharePoint Designer installation (which includes Microsoft Office Picture Manager as one of its components). The installation is available for free on the Microsoft website. Whichever way you decide to install Picture Manager, the process is essentially the same.
- To download SharePoint Designer 2010 and run the .exe file.
- This will start the installation wizard. Check the box next to it I accept the terms of this agreement and select Get on†
- In the next screen select To adjust†
- Select the Not available option for all modules in the list. You must do this so that the wizard does not install any other components except Picture Manager. If you are using the Office configuration instead of the SharePoint Designer 2010 configuration, the only difference is that you have a few more modules. Mark all as Not available†
- After you have excluded all elements of the installation, you must uninstall Microsoft Office Picture Manager from the Office Tools module. Select the † sign next to Office Tools† Then select the arrow next to Microsoft Office Photo Managerand select Run from my computer†
- Select Install now and let the wizard complete the installation.
- When the installation is complete, select the Close to to exit the wizard.
- Search photo management in the Start menu and open Microsoft Office Photo Manager†
- You should now be able to use Microsoft Office Picture Manager.
Now that you have the Picture Manager, you can use it to view pictures on your PC and make simple edits. You can even set it as your default photo viewer†
Why use Microsoft Office Picture Manager?
The main reason you might want to consider using Microsoft Office Picture Manager is that it loads much faster than the Photos app. If you need to get things done faster, Picture Manager can be a lot less tedious.
Microsoft Office Picture Manager also offered some features that the new Photos app doesn’t have. For example, the red-eye removal tool. You can still do some basic photo editing with the Photos app, just like you can with the Picture Manager. In addition, Picture Manager also allows you to email photos or create a picture library on your corporate intranet.
Enjoy the vintage feeling
Microsoft Office Picture Manager gives you a touch of that XP feeling you might remember from two decades ago. While the Photos app has many similar features (and many new ones), Picture Manager can be a good move if you’re looking for a faster, Microsoft-made alternative. However, if you’re not quite sure about Picture Manager, there are a few compelling photo viewing alternatives that you may want to consider.