Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Undoing Picture Edits
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Changes to pictures can’t be undone, or edits disappear
A setting buried deep in Office options can lead to some head-scratching moments if
it’s not set properly. The symptoms can be either of the following:
After making various picture edits, as described in the following sections, you
decide you don’t like the changes and want to restore the original picture—but
the Reset button is unavailable.
Each time you open a document containing a picture inserted with the Link To
File or Insert And Link command, all the artistic effects and other edits you’ve
added are gone, and the original picture file appears.
These seemingly opposite symptoms can arise from the same root cause: the Discard
Editing Data setting. To review the setting, click File, Options. In the Options dialog
box, click Advanced, and scroll to Image Size And Quality. Unless reducing the file size
of your Office document is paramount, clear Discard Editing Data.
What About Office Picture Manager?
Office 2010 includes a program called Microsoft Office Picture Manager, which you’ll
find on the Start menu in the Microsoft Office 2010 Tools subfolder of the Microsoft
Office folder. Office Picture Manager provides a way to manage your pictures as
standalone files outside Office documents. With Office Picture Manager, you can convert
picture files from one format to another (by using its Export command, not Save As).
Compared with the tools built in to the primary Office programs, Office Picture
Manager has slightly better options for color correction (but no live previews) and a few
additional tools, such as red-eye removal.
Nonetheless, Office Picture Manager is a relic from earlier Office versions, and there’s
little reason to use it because better options are readily available. Windows Live Photo
Gallery (available as a free download from Microsoft at download.live.com ) provides
all the functionality of Office Picture Manager and more. Another program we
recommend is IrfanView ( irfanview.com ), which offers unsurpassed viewing capabilities and
file conversions, among other features.
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