I just got a new computer from my employer with Microsoft Word Pro Plus 2016 installed. I noticed that the "Change Picture..." options have changed since my previous version of Word.

The change:

Right click image > "Change Picture..." (top picture is old; bottom is new)

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2 Issues:

  1. Instead of a simple sub-menu appearing to the side of the right-click menu, now I get an annoying pop-up window -_-
  2. Total loss of the option to change picture from the clipboard (i.e., the "From Clipboard..." option seen in the old version):

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Is there a way to revert back to the old style? If not, how do I go about changing my picture to my clipboard item in this new build?

This Microsoft Forum post from 01/2018 on this very issue has not been adequately answered :(.

Build Details:

  • Old: Microsoft Word 2016 MSO (16.0.10325.20082) 32-bit [on Windows 7]
  • New: Microsoft Word 2016 MSO (16.0.4639.1000) 64-bit [on Windows 10]
  • I looked in the commands list. There no longer appears to be a "Change Picture >" drop down command, but simply the "Change Picture..." pop-up command. Is there a way to create the old command myself? How do I get the vba code for built-in Word commands to emulate it as a new command? though, even if I did this, could I add it as a drop-down menu item when I right-click images??? – theforestecologist Sep 1 '18 at 14:49
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    The handling of pictures in general seems to have been royally undone in Office 2016, and not only in the latest version. – harrymc Sep 1 '18 at 15:26

The build number of your "old" version is from July 2018 but I can't even find the build number of your "new" version ... it appears to be something before Sept. 2015. Check for updates on your "new" 64-bit version.

On the current build, the contextual right click Edit Picture menu includes the "Change Picture" option and "From Clipboard" feature.

I assume your employer supplied your former 32-bit version of Office and if that is correct, then I think someone in IT has mistakenly imaged your new system with this really old version of 64-bit Office. They should run all updates or re-image the system with the latest 64-bit version. It will have the same build number as on your former system.

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