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How to get Microsoft Office Picture Manager on Windows 10

Microsoft 365 was once a stand-alone suite of apps that included more than Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Access. There were plenty of other useful utilities that were bundled with it. 

Microsoft has trimmed its offering when it comes to its productivity suite and most of the apps that have been removed from it, have been abandoned. One useful app that came bundles with Office was the Microsoft Picture and Fax Manager. 

Microsoft Office Picture Manager on Windows 10

The Microsoft Picture and Fax Manager was a lightweight image viewer and editor. Next to the Windows Photo Viewer, it was excellent for viewing photos and offered better editing options than Paint.

Get Microsoft Office Picture Manager

Microsoft Picture and Fax Manager was renamed to Microsoft Office Picture Manager at some point and it can still be installed, even if you’re on the latest version of Windows 10.

  1. Download Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 from Microsoft.
  2. Run the installer.
  3. Select the ‘Custom’ install option.
  4. Expand each group.
  5. Open the dropdown next to it, and select Not Available.
  6. Open the Office Tools group, and open the Microsoft Office Picture Manager dropdown.
  7. Select the Run from my computer option.
  8. Click Continue.
  9. Allow the installation to complete and Microsoft Office Picture Manager will be installed.

Note: You can install other tools included in Microsoft Sharepoint Designer 2010 if you want.

Use Microsoft Office Picture Manager

The Microsoft Office Picture Manager app hasn’t changed, nor will it since it no longer gets any updates. 

  1. Open the Start Menu and go to the apps list.
  2. Look for an app called Microsoft Office 2010 and open it.
  3. Alternatively, right-click an image and select Open with from the context menu.
  4. Select Microsoft Office 2010 from the context menu.
  5. The image will open in Microsoft Office Picture Manager.
  6. Click ‘Edit pictures’ at the top to open the editing panel.
  7. Use the Auto Correct button to fix the color in the image.
  8. Click Save to overwrite the changes you’ve made to the file.

Conclusion

Microsoft Office Picture Manager will appear under the name Microsoft Office 2010 which is a bit confusing. You can rename items on the Start menu as well as in the context menu. Figure out where the registry entry for Microsoft Office Picture Manager is and rename it. Don’t forget to backup the key/value before you edit it. It is possible that the app does not launch after you edit its registry value in which case, you should restore it from the backup.

 

1 Comment

  1. I followed your tip and downloaded and installed the Microsoft Office Picture Manager. It’s an “interesting” program. Its utility largely overlaps the standard Windows 10 “Photos” app, an allowing edits to crop, rotate, and resize photos, as well as to adjust color saturation, brightness, and contrast.

    The biggest drawback to the Office Picture Manager app is that it doesn’t allow the user to look for and open a photo using the standard file explorer directory tree. Instead, it defaults to searching an entire drive and then creating a list of shortcuts to everything on the computer that even remotely resembles an image. I’m not sure what utility that serves in Sharepoint (which I don’t use), but it’s extremely UN-helpful if all you want to do is find a photo and perform some edits on it. To get around that, you have to use the regular File Explorer to find the file, then right click on the file name and tell it to Open With Office Picture manager. Except that on my computer it doesn’t show up as “Office Picture Manager,” it shows up as “Microsoft Office 2010.”

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