Microsoft Photo Editor
A screenshot of Photo Editor running on Windows XP
|Stable release||126.96.36.199 / December 15, 2000|
|Preview release||none (none) [±]|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Type||Raster graphics editor|
|Website||Microsoft Photo Editor KB article|
Microsoft Photo Editor is an image-editing application found in Microsoft Office 97–XP versions for Windows, classified as one of Microsoft Office Tools. It has been replaced by Microsoft Office Picture Manager, although many Photo Editor features are not available in Picture Manager.
The program was a tool for doing raster graphics with editing tools to texturize, negative, adjust gamma, make GIF transparency and many others. It was based on HALO Desktop Imager by Media Cybernetics, L.P.
Early versions of Microsoft Photo Editor, including the version bundled with Office 2000, erased metadata from digital camera JPEG images during saves. The Office 2000 version also, when saving BMP files, sets the resolution metadata to 0 by 0, regardless of what resolution (DPI) is set through the program UI.
Version 188.8.131.52 and earlier had a 10 MP (megapixel) image (resolution) size limit, but not image file size limit. Large Windows bitmap BMP files can be opened in Microsoft Photo Editor 184.108.40.206, as well as, e.g. a 4000 x 2578-pixel, 15-MB *.JPG image.
Version 3.01 has an issue where, under certain circumstances, the program will open minimized with no way to maximize it. The resolution is to delete the "InitialPosition" entry in the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Photo Editor\3.0\Microsoft Photo Editor
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Photo Editor\3.0\Microsoft Photo Editor]
- "List of Photo Editor features that are not available in Picture Manager". Microsoft Knowledge Base.
- "The Photo Editor button appears in the task bar, but the Microsoft Photo Editor window does not appear". Microsoft Knowledge Base.
- "How to add, modify, or delete registry subkeys and values by using a .reg file". Microsoft Knowledge Base.
MS Knowledge Base articles
- How to re-install Photo Editor once Office 2003 has been installed
- MS Photo Editor, Wherefore Art Thou? comparison of Photo Editor and Office Picture manager by Herb Tyson
- general information on how to use Photo Editor including details of compression options, keyboard shortcuts, etc.
- Information on the history of Photo Editor and screenshots of versions at GUI-Info.com
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