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How to Bring Back the Microsoft Office Picture Manager

Do you miss the Microsoft Office Picture Manager? You can install it from an old version of Sharepoint Designer or an old Microsoft Office disc.

Microsoft Office Picture Manager was included as part of Office 2010 and earlier versions. You could use it to view, edit, and manage your pictures.

Office 2010 was the last version of Office that included Picture Manager and Microsoft has not updated Picture Manger since Office 2003. The program is very old and out-of-date.

But if you liked Picture Manager, and its features are all you need, you can install it on your computer without uninstalling your current version of Office. You can install Picture Manager from an Office 2010, 2007, or 2003 installation disc, if you have one. If not, you can download SharePoint Designer 2010 and install it from there.

We’ll show you where you can download SharePoint Designer 2010 and how to install only Picture Manager from it.

Download SharePoint Designer 2010

SharePoint Designer 2010 is available as a free download from Microsoft. Use one of the links below to download it.

Install Microsoft Picture Manager Using SharePoint Designer 2010

The procedure for installing Picture Manager from an earlier Office version or from SharePoint Designer 2010 is the same, so it doesn’t matter which way you do it.

Download the SharePoint Designer 2010 setup program using one of the links above and double-click the file to run it.

If the User Account Control dialog box displays, click Yes to continue.

NOTE

You may not see this dialog box, depending on your User Account Control settings. But we don’t recommend disabling UAC entirely.

User Account Control (UAC) dialog box for installing Sharepoint Designer 2010

On the Read the Microsoft Software License Terms screen, read the terms and check the I accept the terms of this agreement box.

Then, click Continue.

Sharepoint Designer 2010 License Terms

On the Choose the installation you want screen, click Customize.

Click Customize in Sharepoint 2010 installation

For each of the three modules listed under Microsoft Office on the Installation Options tab, click the button and select Not Available.

This turns off all parts of Sharepoint Designer, but next we’ll turn one back on.

If you’re installing Microsoft Office Picture Manager from Office 2010, 2007, or 2003, there are more modules available. Make sure you make all the modules Not Available.

Select Not Available for all modules in Sharepoint Designer 2010 installation

To select Microsoft Office Picture Manager for installation, click the plus icon to the left of the Office Tools module to expand it.

Everything is set to Not Available, even the Microsoft Office Picture Manager. Click the button next to Microsoft Office Picture Manager and select Run from My Computer.

If you’re using an Office 2010, 2007, or 2003 installation, the Microsoft Office Picture Manager should also be under Office Tools.

Enable Run from My Computer for Microsoft Office Picture Manager in the Sharepoint Designer installation

To install only the Microsoft Office Picture Manager, click Install Now.

Click Install Now to install the Microsoft Office Picture Manager from Sharepoint Designer 2010

The progress of the installation displays.

Installation progress for installing Microsoft Office Picture Manager in the Sharepoint Designer 2010 installation

On the Complete your Office experience screen, click Close to close the setup program.

Close the Sharepoint Designer 2010 installation wizard

Run Microsoft Office Picture Manager

We found that we didn’t need to reboot our computer to complete the setup. But you might want to reboot anyway just to make sure the setup process is completed.

Once you’ve rebooted, you’ll find the Microsoft Office Picture Manager under Recently added on the Start menu in Windows 10. The Microsoft Office Picture Manager is also available on the Start menu in the Microsoft Office group.

If you’re using Windows 8, the Microsoft Office Picture Manager may not get added to the Start screen. But you can do a search on the Start screen for “picture manager” to find it and open it.

The Microsoft Office Picture Manager under Recently added on the Windows 10 Start menu

Now you can use the Microsoft Office Picture Manager to organize, edit, and view your photos.

Run the Microsoft Office Picture Manager

Stick With What Works for You

The Microsoft Office Picture Manager may not have all the bells and whistles available in modern photo manager tools, but if it has everything you need, you can install it and use it to manage your photos and pictures.

SharePoint Designer 2010 was the last version that included Picture Manager. You should save the installation file in case you need to reinstall it or install it on another computer. Who knows for how long it will be available from Microsoft?


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