Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Want Your “Microsoft Office Picture Manager” Back in Office 2013 ?

Microsoft Office Picture Manager is a software program included with the Microsoft Office suite versions 2003 through 2010.

The Microsoft Office Picture Manager has been a very quick and easy tool to use, built into Office and readily available no matter what machine I have to use. I would rather not have to install 3rd party software to do what it has made easy to do in the past. If you use Microsoft Office 2013 you probably noticed that unlike previous versions of Microsoft Office, “Microsoft Office Picture Manager” is not included in Microsoft Office 2013.

I was used to using Picture Manager as my default picture editor/manager since it came with Office. As a matter of fact, this little program was very useful for many not-that-advanced users since it includes some basic and helpful features like crop, rotate, brightness, contrast, red eye removal, etc. and also a quick tool to make many pictures smaller for sending via e-mail for example.

Microsoft has made several bad decisions with Office 2013. The lack of Picture Manager is one of them. Windows Live Photo Gallery has feature gaps, as does Word and PowerPoint - compared to Picture Manager. Unfortunately, Windows Live Photo Gallery does not do the jobs as well as Office Picture Manager.Removing functionality from a product suite will only promote users to stay on the current platform and will help competitors like Google who are looking to jump on Microsoft's mistakes.

Do we have to turn to some other 3rd party program? No!! So, how to get back your favorite program????

Solution 1:
To have it back on your computer, there’s a solution. Just download and install “Microsoft SharePoint designer”, and use only one feature of this installer. This software is free to download, and you don’t need any serial number/activation key.

1. Download the installer (32 bit, 64 bit).
2. Download the installation pack and run it. Don’t forget to click “Customize“.
3. On this screen, click on every program on the list, and choose “Not Available” from the options list:
4. Next, click on the plus sign next to “Office Tools” in order to expand it, and click on “Microsoft Office Picture Manager” and choose “Run from My Computer”:
5. Click “Continue”. YourMicrosoft Office Picture Manager is now installed.

Solution 2:
Following the below steps you can install missing Picture Manager tool in your system containing the latest Office 2013 version.

1. You can use any Office version setup such as Office 2010, 2007 or 2003. Simply run the Office installer, enter product key and when it asks for installation type, click on “Customize” button

2. Click on each given program link and select “Not Available” from the options list

3. Click on “Microsoft Office Picture Manager” program link present in “Office Tools” section and select “Run from My Computer” option.

You will see a screen similar to following where all program entries except Picture Manager will have a red cross icon on them:

4. Click on "Install now" and the set up will install the program.

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