FIX: Microsoft Office Picture Manager is not saving edits

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  • The Microsoft Office Picture Manager is an app included in the Microsoft Office Suite that allows users to view, edit, and save pictures.
  • The app can be downloaded separately from the rest of the programs and is free of price.
  • We have plenty of other guides like this one in our dedicated Microsoft Office Hub.
  • Even more troubleshooting articles can be found on our Windows 10 Fix page as well.
Office Picture Manager edit error

The older versions of Microsoft Office come with Picture Manager out of the box. The photo viewer app allows users to view, edit, and save pictures. However, you may occasionally encounter some issues with Microsoft Office Picture Manager, like not saving edits.

One user reported a similar bug with Microsoft Office Picture on the Microsoft Community forum:

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Recently installed Office on new pc. When I open jpg with Picture Manger I can crop, resize etc, however I am unable to save these changes and the jpg reverts to it’s original state.

This error can occur if the image properties are set to read-only or if there is a glitch in the Picture Manager. Continue reading to find out how to fix Microsoft Office Picture Manager not saving edits issue in Windows 10.

What to do if Microsoft Office Picture Manager does not save edits?

1. Try an alternative tool

Since the Microsoft Office Picture Manager app allows users to view, edit, and save pictures, might as well replace it with a program that is known as the best at doing that.

If the Microsoft Office Picture Manager keeps acting up, then you might as well try an alternative software solution, in the case at hand that being Adobe Photoshop.

This raster-based image editor is probably the most well-known of its kind in the world, and can now be tested out for free for 7 days as well.

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Note: If you don’t want to install this tool, then try fixing Microsoft Office Picture Manager using the troubleshooting steps written below.


2. Check file properties

Microsoft Office Picture Manager does not save edits

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the image path that you are trying to edit and save.
  2. Right-click on the image and select Properties.
  3. On the General tab, check the last section named Attributes:
  4. Uncheck the Read-only box if it is checked.
  5. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
  6. Reopen the image in the Picture Manager and check if you can make and save edits.

If File Explorer crashes in Windows 10, check out this simple guide and learn how to fix it in no time.


When the file properties are set to read-only, Windows will prevent the users from making any changes to the file. In this case, you can’t make edits and save.

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If the read-only attribute is automatically applied all the photos imported from a particular source, then try the following.

Microsoft Office Picture Manager does not save edits

  1. Assuming you are importing photos from your digital camera, connect the camera to your Windows computer.
  2. Instead of dragging and dropping the files onto your computer, select Import pictures and videos using Windows.
  3. You can access it by right-clicking on your connected device from the File Explorer.
  4. This seems to be a glitch but should fix the issue temporarily.

This can also happen if you have imported the picture from a third-party app.


3. Repair Picture Manager installation

3.1 Repair from the Control Panel

Microsoft Office Picture Manager does not save edits

  1. Click on Start and type control.
  2. Click on Control Panel.
  3. Go to Programs > Programs and Features.
  4. Select the Microsoft Office app and click on the Change button.
    • Picture Manager is available on Microsoft Office 2010 and earlier version only.
    • These steps don’t apply to Office 2013 and newer releases.
  5. Select Repair and click on Next.
  6. Check the Detect and Repair errors in my Office installation box and click on Install.
  7. Once the repair is finished, click OK.
  8. Launch Picture Manager and check for improvements.

You can’t open Control Panel? Take a look at this step-by-step guide to find a solution.

3.2 Repair using Microsoft Office disc (Windows XP / Windows 7)

Microsoft Office Picture Manager does not save edits

  1. Launch the Microsoft Office Picture Manager app.
  2. Click Help drop-down menu and select Detect and Repair.
  3. In the repair window, check the Restore my shortcuts box. Make sure you uncheck the second box.
  4. Click Start.
  5. If your computer prompts you to insert the disc of Microsoft Office, insert the disc.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions and let the troubleshooter fix any issues with the app.
  7. Reopen the Picture Manager app and check for any improvements.

4. Picture Manager error some files could not be saved

Picture Manager error some files could not be saved

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the folder where the file is saved.
  2. Right-click on the file and select Open with > MS Paint.
  3. On the Paint app, click on File > Save as.
  4. Save the file in PNG format.
  5. Now open the same file in Picture Manager and make the edits.

The Microsoft Office Picture Manager not saving edits error is caused due to read-only attribute being applied to the picture you are trying to edit. If not, try running the repair tool to see if that resolves the error.

If you have any other questions or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to check them out.


FAQ: Learn more about Microsoft Office Picture Manager

  • What is the Microsoft Office Picture Manager?

The Microsoft Office Picture Manager is an app that allows users to view, edit, and save pictures, and it is one of the best photo viewers currently available.

  • Is Microsoft Picture Manager free?
It is free to install and does not require a license.
  • How do I install Microsoft Office Picture Manager?
Simply check the Microsoft Office Picture Manager checkbox when choosing what Microsoft Office programs to install.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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