Microsoft Office Picture Manager takes a lot of time to load

Is your Microsoft office manager taking way too much time to load?

The reason behind it is that  the picture manager keeps track of the most recently used paths, and if any of these paths is no longer available, the software will stall for a long period.
The most possible scenario is that you have accessed a folder over the network, and you are no longer able to access that location.
The fix is rather simple.

On windows XP, go to c: -> documents and settings -> username (your login) -> local settings -> application data -> Microsoft -> OIS
Open the file ‘oiscatalog.cag’ with our favorite text editor (e.g. notepad) and delete any line pointing to a remote location.
You might as well delete that file, and it will be recreated upon starting the software again.

PS: if you’re on vista, the path to that file is C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OIS

8 Responses to “Microsoft Office Picture Manager takes a lot of time to load”

  1. Mick says:

    Great fix – easy to follow and worked a treat. Thank you

  2. George says:

    Great fix. Thanks. Works a treat on windows 7.

  3. gmckib says:

    I have Vista; neither the path nor the file mentioned even exists in my computer.

  4. Pete in CO says:

    Worked like a champ, thank you!!

  5. Rob in NZ says:

    Thanks – renamed the file as alternate to deleting it. Restarted Picture Manager and all good. Brilliant.

  6. Cisco says:

    Thanks!! Worked great.

  7. mahesh says:

    thanks works awesome

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