Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Organizing your images with Photos, part of Windows 8 Release Preview First Look.
If you're like most people you have tons and tons of photos on your computer, could be in your Pictures library, might still be on your camera; maybe you have a Flickr account or a Facebook account where you need to store some photos, even SkyDrive for example. Wouldn't it be nice if you could access all of those photos from one location? Well that's what the Photos Metro app is all about, and that's we're going to look at now. From the Start screen we can click Photos, and what you're going to see across the bottom are the various locations. Your Pictures library, notice there's nothing there just says Add some photos.
See your albums that would be in your SkyDrive account, there's your Facebook photos, your Flickr photos, and you can even add devices to see photos. Now notice each of these has a Hide option, if you don't have, for example, a Flickr account you can hide that. We do want to add some photos to our Pictures library, when we click here you'll see the options for doing so. One option of course is just to connect a device like your camera or a USB drive if you have some photos there and you'd be able to add them to your Pictures library. Our other option is to add them to the Pictures library using Windows Explorer.
So we'll close that up, we're going to go back to our Start screen, you can press the Windows key, and we're going to go to our desktop where we have our exercise files because I do have some photos in here to work with. So we'll double-click that folder which actually opens up in Windows Explorer, there they are, there's Gallery1 and 2. Let's just click Gallery1, hold down Shift and click Gallery2 to select them both and we're just going to drag them over to the left-hand side into our Pictures library which would move them there. We don't want to actually move them, we want to copy them.
So hold down your Ctrl key on the keyboard and then release your mouse button first, that copies them over there. We'll do the same with this one called Swatch. Just drag it over to My Pictures, hold down the Ctrl key so it says Copy to My Pictures and then release the mouse button first. So they're now in the My Pictures library, if we click that folder there they are. That also means we can access some from the Photos app, and we're going to go back to our Start screen by hitting the Windows key and then I will click Photos once again.
Now this time it looks a little bit different, our Pictures library actually previews one of the pictures, and we still don't have any albums in SkyDrive or Facebook photos to see, but when you go to those accounts and start working with your photos you'll see them here as well, and all I have to do is click them to access them. So let's go to our Pictures library and now we can scroll through the various pictures. If you wanted to really zoom into one, just click it, now you are into kind of a slideshow, and you can see we can go back through the various pictures using our navigation buttons.
Down in the bottom right corner we're going to see a little minus and a plus sign here, and when we click the minus sign, it just zooms us back out a little bit. Right-click anywhere and you're going to get the App bar across the bottom where we can do things like Browse by date, go back to that Slide show if we wanted to. Select them all or we could even import additional photos here by clicking Import, and if you had a camera connected for example, it's a great way to get them into your Pictures library. When we click the Back button we're actually going to go back now to the original screen here in the Photos app, where we could then go on to some other locations if we wanted to.
So it's a great way to stay organized and have access to all of your photos, no matter where they reside, all accessible from one easy location. Let's close this up by going to the very top, when you see the hand click and drag right down to the bottom and let go, and we're back to our Start screen.
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