Microsoft Photo Editor

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Microsoft Photo Editor
Microsoft Photo Editor icon.png
A screenshot of Photo Editor running on Windows XP
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release / December 15, 2000; 15 years ago (2000-12-15)
Preview release none (none) [±]
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Raster graphics editor
License Proprietary
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 It has been replaced by Microsoft Office Picture Manager, although many Photo Editor features are not available in Picture Manager.[1]

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.

Size Limit[edit]

Version 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, as well as, e.g. a 4000 x 2578-pixel, 15-MB *.JPG image.

Opens Minimized[edit]

Version 3.01 has an issue where, under certain circumstances, the program will open minimized with no way to maximize it.[2] 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

The following script can be saved as a .reg file[3] to fix the issue in Windows XP and later versions:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Photo Editor\3.0\Microsoft Photo Editor]

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External links[edit]

MS Knowledge Base articles