How to Install the old version of WordArt and Microsoft Picture Manager in Office 2010 – 2016

With every version of Microsoft Office released, there is a hoard of improvements a user definitely benefits from. However, sometimes in the beginning, we tend not to appreciate the new features and find ourselves sticking to the older versions. Even a change in the interface is scary for some of us.

Being one person who enjoys trying out new things, I welcome every version with open arms. But one thing that I kept missing 2 things in the latest version of Office – the old style of WordArt and Microsoft Office Picture Manager. If you are one person that also misses these features, read on for a work around.

Microsoft Office Picture Manager
If you are one person who deals a lot with pictures in your day to day work, this is one tool that you find handy. Apart from cropping the unwanted parts of a picture, it also simplifies the work of compressing the pictures to smaller sizes and playing around with the brightness and contrast.

How do I get it to work on Office 2016?
After installing Office 2016, I will also install Office 2007 but with a few changes. I will opt for a custom install and disable all options from Microsoft Access up to Microsoft shared Features.

Click the + sign at Office Tools and disable all options apart from Picture manager and then complete the installation. That’s it – I will have Office 2016  and my legendary Picture Manager on my PC.

Old style WordArt
This will not require an extra installation but rather a work around. In Word 2016, simply save your document in the old format (Word 97-2003 document). The old WordArt menu will automatically be activated. You can then insert your desired WordArt styles.

If there is any other feature you miss in the new Office, kindly share in the comments section at the bottom of this page and I will gladly get back.


Stephen Dumba
E-zone School of Computing
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