What happened to Photo Editor?

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Microsoft Photo Editor has been discontinued as a Microsoft Office component as of Microsoft Office 2003.

It has been replaced by Microsoft Office Picture Manager. While Picture Manager is primarily a file management tool, and not an editing tool, it does have some image correction and editing features.

For a broad range of editing options when working with pictures, the best approach is to work with a photo editing program, such as Microsoft Digital Image Pro.

Or, if you upgraded from Office XP, you can re-install Photo Editor from your Microsoft Office XP CD-ROM.

Re-install Photo Editor from your Microsoft Office XP CD-ROM

  1. Insert the Microsoft Office XP CD-ROM into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.

    If the Office XP Setup program does not start automatically, follow these steps:

    1. Click Start, and then click Run.

    2. In the Open box, type drive:\Setup.exe, where drive is the letter of your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.

  2. Start to step through the setup process, and then select Customize for the type of setup to perform.

  3. When you reach the Selecting Features step, set each node of the setup tree to Not Available.

  4. Under Features to install, expand Office Tools.

  5. Click Microsoft Photo Editor, and then click Run from My Computer.

  6. Click Install Now.

  7. Click OK when Office XP Setup has completed successfully.

Editing features in Picture Manager

  • Brightness and contrast    Allows you to adjust the difference between light and dark tones. You can use this feature to correct pictures that appear too light or too dark.

  • Color    Allows you to adjust the hue and saturation. You can use this feature to correct pictures with colors that are tinted or dull.

  • Crop    Allows you to crop out unwanted parts of a picture. You can use this feature to correct pictures that contain distracting elements.

  • Rotate and Flip    Allows you to rotate pictures or flip them on the current axis of the picture. You can use this feature to correct pictures that you have taken sideways for a portrait orientation.

  • Red eye removal    Allows you to remove the red from your picture subjects' eyes caused by the camera's flash. You can use this feature to correct red eyes wherever they appear.

  • Resize    Allows you to change the dimensions of a picture. You can use this feature to enlarge a picture for printing or reduce it to send in e-mail messages or share on the Internet.

Photo Editor editing features not supported by Picture Manager

Effects     Sharpen, Soften, Negative, Despeckle, Posterize, Edge, Chalk and Charcoal, Emboss, Graphic Pen, Notepaper, Watercolor, Stained Glass, Stamp, Texturizer.

Tools     Smudge, Sharpen, Set Transparent Color.

Image Acquisition     You cannot create a new image from a scanner or a camera. (In Microsoft Windows XP, the capability to create a new imagine from a scanner and a camera is built in Microsoft Windows Explorer.)

Image     Fewer color correction options are available in Picture Manager 2003 than were available in Photo Editor. Specifically, there is no Gamma adjustment, and you cannot apply corrections to only one of the three color components, red-green-blue (RGB).

Properties     You cannot explicitly specify the image resolution dots per inch (dpi) or the color depth of images in Picture Manager 2003.

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