Find pictures by date

Your digital camera labels pictures with the date and time they were taken. Other pictures, such as ones scanned from prints or slides, usually bear the date they were scanned or created. You can use this information to locate pictures on your computer.

  1. Open Windows Photo Gallery by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Photo Gallery.

  2. In the Navigation pane, under Date Taken, do any of the following:

    • To see all of the pictures taken within a specific year, click the year in the Navigation pane.

    • To narrow your selection down to pictures taken within a particular month, click the year, and then click a month.

    • To narrow your selection down to pictures taken on a certain date, click the month, and then click a date.

      Picture of the Navigation pane showing dates
      The Navigation pane showing dates

The pictures taken in the selected time period appear in Photo Gallery.


  • You can use the Search box to further fine-tune your results by searching on such information as File Name and Rating to more easily find a specific picture in this time period. You can also create custom information called tags and attach them to your pictures to further refine the way you find and organize your pictures.