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Editing in Picasa 3 - Can't Edit - Not Working

I have windows 7 on a new computer. My problem is that I installed Picasa 3 and have downloaded pictures from a recent trip but, when I double click on a picture, I cannot find its editing program for basic fixes anywhere on the screen. I have spent a lot of time trying to apply trouble shooting fixes but to no avail.
Any suggestions?


I did a search for this as it works for me (although I have Windows XP) and apparently there are others who have this issue. Have you tried right clicking on an image? When I do that I get the option to View and Edit and the editing tools are there.

Also, I don't know if you have the latest version of Picasa, but it was released in August and it is 3.8.

If this doesn't work for you and you have had it (!), let me know what type of editing you want to do and I'll recommend another free program for you if you like.

Additional Question

Thank you for your quick response. Yes, I tried the right click several times and although "view and edit" does show up, the editing tools are not to be found anywhere. The picture is enlarged on center of screen but all space to left and right are gray in color. I am just looking for some basic editing features (that Picasa always had on Windows XP) so if this problem cannot be resolved I will certainly try anything you recommend.


Ok. I think you will like Picnik. It's very simple. You go to the site ( and either search for a picture on your computer to edit...or....if you have uploaded your photos on Picas 3 to Picasa Web Albums, you can tell it to that you want to edit one of those photos. There is a link at the bottom of the page to Picasa Web Albums.

Picasa 3 came out with a new release in August...3.8. I think that version might work wiht Picnik right within Picasa 3. So you now have a few options. Let me know how you like Picnik and how it all works out, or if you have further questions.

Comments for Editing in Picasa 3 - Can't Edit - Not Working

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Dec 11, 2012
by: Anonymous

Someone stated a edit button--bottom left---could not find it. Also heard some uninstall & reinstall---will I lose my pics in the uninstall.

Nov 18, 2012
Picasa View Edit
by: Anonymous

What a simple and correct way to solve problem......have been deleting and resinstalling updates trying to bring up Picasa Edit for two days and do APPRECIATE the help.....Thanks

Oct 18, 2012
My Fix
by: Anonymous

I had the same problem and it was driving me crazy. I finally just uninstalled Picasa and then reinstalled it, it took two or three minutes, and it all works again :-)

Oct 02, 2012
No more
by: Chi

My picasa asks me to put my pictures online so I can edit them. That will never happen. Internet has no boundaries or privacy. Ever since I have new windows (7) these problems appeared. Don't know what is solution or what is the real problem and I don't care. I can find better program for editing my pictures. Pisasa3 has crossed the line.

Jul 29, 2012
Last post was the fix.
by: Lisa

Thank you! piknik (or whatever that is now gone). That last post fixed my problem. Thank you!

May 31, 2012
Editing trouble
by: Anonymous

It is horrible the thing done to Picasa. Editing was part of the easynes with Picasa. Please if anyone knows a better option for storing and editing pics, let me know.

Apr 25, 2012
trouble with picasa
by: Anonymous

Picasa is giving me no options with my pictures, exept to rotate and download more... what can I do? I loved picnik, so sad they are no longer available. I find picsa really hard to work with right now!

Feb 12, 2012
greyed out photo fixes
by: Anonymous

Thanks you your comments. It has allowed me to get the "photo fix" option in picasa up and running again!

Dec 28, 2011
THANKS it worked
by: Anonymous

thanks as I went to menue I was able to turn the edit function on.

Aug 11, 2011
That is grey for me
by: Anonymous

I just tried the "show edit controls" and it is grey also.
I did nothing either to change anything.
This is more than a lot frustrating.

Jul 29, 2011
Easy fix for me
by: Anonymous

I also had this problem but found my fix under the View Menu --> Show Edit Controls. Somehow this got changed without me ever changing it. Now my controls are there every time.

I haven't tried that or taken a look, but perhaps that is a great fix for anyone else having this issue. Thanks for posting!

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