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With a digital camera or even just a mobile phone, that's equipped with a camera. You're able to record your memories. And of course you're going to want to preserve those memories and perhaps look back on those memories from time to time. And for that we can use the Photos Application in Windows 8. It enables you to manage your photos or view your. Photos, and even share your photos quickly and easily. Let's take a look at how we can download images from your camera and then review them using the Photos application. I'll start off by clicking on the Photos tile on the Start screen, and that will launch the Photos application.
You'll notice taht I already have a photo included in my pictures library. Just one photo in this case. If you had upgraded from a previous version of Windows, then you may very well have many images already in your pictures library. But in this case I have just the one. But I'd like to import more images into that pictures library directly from From my digital camera, or another device that contains photos. I'll go ahead and click on the Pictures Library to bring up that gallery of images. And then I'll right-click or swipe up from the bottom of the screen and choose the Import option. That will bring up the list of devices where I can import images from. Now this could include a digital camera or mobile phone that is directly connected to your computer, for example, via a USB cable. It could also be a card reader, if you've removed the card from your camera and have inserted it into a card reader.
And of course, it could also include photos stored on a variety of different storage devices or in folders. I'll go ahead and choose the device, the storage location. Where I have the photos I would like to import, you'll see that all of the images in that location are selected by default. I can tap on any image, to deselect it, or tap again to select, so that I can determine which of these images will actually be imported. But in this case I do want to import all of the images. So I'll leave them all selected. Note, by the way, that we also have an option up at the top of the display to clear the current selection.
And if I choose that option, it will change to Select All. So we can quickly select none or all of the images that are currently available for import. At the bottom of the display you'll see that we also can specify the name of the folder where these images will be imported. The default is the date that I'm importing those photos. But I'm actually going to change that to something that's a little bit more meaningful to me. Specifically, the place where these images were all captured. That happens to be Croatia, so I'll type Croatia and then click Import in order to complete the process of importing those images.
So all of those photos are copied from my camera or other device into the folder that I've specified And now I can click the open folder button in order to open that folder, contain all of those images and then I can simply scroll through all of the folders as I'd like. And at any time I can click on an image to go full-screen with that image and then I can navigate through the various photos full screen, swiping across the photos or using the arrow keys on the keyboard or the mouse. As well as using the arrow buttons that are displayed on the screen and at any time I can also use the zoom controls at the bottom right or I can of course use a multi finger gesture to zoom in or out on the photos so I can continue enjoying those photos and when I'm finished reviewing them I can simply just click the back button.
To go back to my pictures library. So, you'll see I have my basic pictures folder, which only contains the one image as well as a Croatia folder that contains, at the moment, thirteen images. You'll also notice if I go back to the main page of the photos app, that we have a variety of other sources for images. You can see that I have a series of images from Facebook. My Facebook account is associated with my Windows account. And so I'm able to see those photos as well. And I can also access photos that are stored on my Sky Drive or that I've posted to Flickr and also I can access specific devices if I want import images for example. And there are also some settings that we can adjust. I'll go ahead and bring up the charm bar.
And then go to Settings and choose Options, for the Photos options. And you'll see that we have the ability to shuffle photos on the Application Tile. And we can also specify which photos and videos we actually want to include within the application. By default, all of these options are turned on. But if for example you don't use Flicker you could turn off that option in this case though I'll leave all of those options turned on. And another thing to keep in mind is that we can view these images as part of the live tile for the photos application.
I'll go ahead and return to the Start screen. And then I'll right-click on the Photos app, or flick on it, and then set the option to Turn Live Tile on, and you'll notice that I'll start to see my photos as part of that tile. But I can also, if I'd like, use a specific photo to represent that tile. I'll go ahead and switch back to the photos application. And then Navigate into my Pictures Library, for example, and find a photo that I would like to use as that tile.
I'll then bring that photo up Full Screen and then I'll Right Click on the Photo or Swipe Up from the Bottom of this Screen. And then choose Set As from the Application Options Bar and choose App tile from the pop up menu. That will set this photo to represent the application, the photos application as the photo on that tile. And you can see I now have that selected photo as the tile that represents the photos application. So quite a bit of flexibility with the photos application.
It provides a great way for managing and reviewing your photos in a very basic way within Windows 8.
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