How to Install and Get “Microsoft Office Picture Manager” Back in Office 2013 and 2016

If you are using Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 2016, you might have noticed that the new Office suites don't come with "Microsoft Office Picture Manager" program. Picture Manager was an excellent and small program included in Office suite which used to help users in viewing, editing and managing pictures quickly and easily. It also used to provide a few advanced image editing features such as crop, auto correct, rotate, flip, red-eye removal, resize, etc.


Basically it was a nice piece of program to edit pictures but now its no longer included in Office suite. The reason looks very simple. This program was not updated since Office 2003 version and was looking out-of-date, that's why Microsoft decided to discontinue its development.

But there are many Office users who are missing this nice little program and want to get it back in newer Office versions.

After receiving many emails from AskVG readers about the same request, today I decided to post this tutorial which will help you in getting "Microsoft Office Picture Manager" program back in Office 2013 and 2016 versions.

Using following simple steps you can install missing Picture Manager tool in your system containing the latest Office versions.

The idea behind adding this program back is very simple. We'll use a previous Office suite setup and will customize it to install only Picture Manager program:

1. You can use any Office version setup such as Office 2010, 2007 or 2003. You just need to run the Setup.exe file present in Office setup folder or disc, enter product key and when it asks for installation type, click on "Customize" button as shown in following screenshot:


NOTE: If you don't have a previous Office version setup disc or folder, you can use Microsoft SharePoint Designer (SPD) 2010 version to install Picture Manager. You can download it for free using following link:

Download Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer (Frontpage) 2010 Free

Its absolutely free and doesn't require any product key to activate.

2. Once you run the setup, on next screen, click on each given program link and select "Not Available" from the options list:


3. Then click on "Microsoft Office Picture Manager" program link present in "Office Tools" section and select "Run from My Computer" option.


So you'll get a screen similar to following where all program entries except Picture Manager will have a red cross icon on them:


4. That's it. Click on "Install Now" button and let the setup install the program. It'll take a few minutes and once the setup finishes, you'll be able to enjoy Picture Manager program in Office 2013 and 2016 versions.

Do you also love this handy program in Office suite or you use any other image editing program? Feel free to share your comment...

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  • That is AMAZING! I downloaded Sharepoint 2010, but chose the MORE OPTIONS before installing the whole program. Works beautifully! Thank you so much!

  • After installing only Picture Manager, Windows update shows updates for Office 2010 service pack 2 and many other critical and definition updates.
    Are they necessary to install? Does it contain updates for Picture Manager?

  • Thanks so much - I use picture manager all the time it is such a great simple program.


  • thanks, happy to have picture manager back!

  • I can't tell you how much I've missed Picture Manager in Office 2016, after using Office 2010 for many years. What a pain to open Adobe Photoshop every time I wanted to make a few photo edits. This worked like a charm and fast!

  • Thank you so much!!!

  • Cannot thank you enough for this info. Just got Office '16 and had a fit when I realized it no longer included Pic Manager. You saved the day! :)

  • Thank you internet for this site! Picture Manager is working again!
    Wake up Microsoft, Office 2016 picture viewer options are sick...

  • Thank you so much !

  • Thanks a ton man!!!!!! Works like a charm..

  • I can't thank you enough for this!!!

  • worked great, thanks

  • Thnak you !
    after my company got upgrade office 2013, to my dismay this program was gone, followed the tip and now back again

    cant help but being suprised time and again by Microsoft why they "discontinue " the good programs 8ther have be a few other ones in the past as well.
    they could benefit in public relations if they listening to their user base more

  • Thanks for this! I was wondering why the heck Microsoft took that out. It IS a VERY helpful tool to have. Awesome tip! :)

  • so finally, wheres' the download link for MS office picture manager.

  • Wow! Just like that!! Thank you so much, it worked easily and more than I could have imagined. I lost hope of editing my pictures when I found this important program was missing! This is amazing, much blessings!

  • Sweet! Simple and it even worked on my work PC! Thank you so much.

  • Thank you. Previously I was not able to install it from the 2010 MSO CD because of bit incompatibility. I installed it by following your guide. Thanks.


  • Thanks a lot! Great help!

  • THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  • Thank you very much. These tricks make Microsoft a bit more acceptable.

  • Just (2-12-17) put it on a Windows 10 64-bit machine running the latest Office 365 software. Works like a dream. I love you. Thank you.

  • Very helpful instructions. I had to download Sharepoint Designer, which I had trouble finding at first, but it went into my Downloads folder rather than my Office folder. From there it was a piece of cake. It's great having Picture Manager back - thank you!

  • Genius!! Sure missed Picture Manager. Thanks so much!!

  • Thankyou so much! This program is so useful :)

  • Thank you very much and I appreciate people like you that are willing to help the rest of us not so technical people fix things like this.

  • Thank you soooooo much for this! Worked like a charm!

  • This program is sooooo much better than other options & I have a routine when using it for scans on my blog. It took me 3 hrs. (I may be slow, but determination helps -- way more than calling Microsloth!) It was worth it. Picture Manager does what I need & quickly -- saving me those 3 hours easily in the future. Will probably delete all those other options I tried.

    Hey, MS!, I'd have bought this. Not as a subscription ripoff, but as a program. My trying WIN10 has been mainly good, but you tend to drop programs & come up with what YOU think is better. Fine IF you let us choose to get retro programs. I've run into this also on my husband's computer. He wanted games you dropped. Similarly I support AZZcardfile as a substitute for a program you dropped a long time ago.

  • I have been using Microsoft Office Picture Manager (MOPM) for more than 10 years. I have used multiple photo, video and audio editing software over those 10 years. MOPM is the most simple, easy to use photo editing software. Thank you so much for showing me how to get to it. So sad, Microsoft discontinued the product.

  • I have an issue. We used to use MOPM in office 2007 for opening Tif's. Now that we have Office 2013 and they removed MOPM, I installed Sharepoint designer 2010. I then associated .tif, and .tiff to MOPM. all I get is a red X now when I try to open the file.

    Does this mean that this functionality was removed, or it requires other libraries not installed with just MOPM?

  • Hello ,

    I would like to know if this installation can be legally on install on company license MS? Or do I required additional license for this?

    Appreciate on your reply.


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