How do I import photos from a digital camera, memory card reader, CD, or DVD?

You can add photos to Photo Gallery by importing them from a digital camera or memory card, or by using a scanner. You can also import photos from an album on OneDrive, or add existing photos from a CD, DVD, or your hard drive. By default, imported photos are stored in your My Pictures folder.

To import photos from a digital camera, memory card reader, CD, or DVD

  1. Make sure that your digital camera or memory card reader is turned on and connected to your computer, or that the disc is inserted into your computer's CD or DVD drive.

  2. Open Photo Gallery by clicking the Start button The Start button. In the search box, type Photo Gallery, and then, in the list of results, click Photo Gallery.
  3. Click the Home tab, and then click Import photos.

  4. In the Import Photos and Videos dialog box, click the device that you want to use, and then click Import. If you're importing from a CD or DVD, select the CD or DVD drive.

  5. Click Import.

  6. Click More options to select the options that you want to use, such as where to save the files and what format to use for the folder and file names.

  7. Select either Review, organize and group items to import or Import all new items now.

  8. Click Next, and then do one of the following:

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Review, organize, and group items to import

  1. Click Review, organize and group items to import, and then click Next.

  2. Define, select, and name the groups that you want to import:

    • By default, the photos are grouped according to when they were taken. To change the time interval used to define the groups, at the bottom of the window, move the Adjust groups slider.

    • To choose which groups of photos to import, next to each group, select the check box.

    • To see all of the photos in a group, next to the group, click View all items. If you don't want to import all of the photos in the group, clear the check boxes for the photos that you don't want to import.

    • For each group of photos that you want to import, click Enter a name, and then type a name for the group.

    • To assign tags to a group, next to the group, click Add tags, type one or more tags separated by semicolons, and then press Enter.

    Click Import. Each group of photos is saved to a different folder.

Import all of the new photos on the device

  1. Click Import all new items now, and then type a name for the photos or videos.

  2. To assign tags to the group of photos that you're importing, click Add tags, type one or more tags separated by semicolons, and then press Enter.

  3. Click Import.

Note

  • When you remove your photos from your memory card or camera, you might want to copy them to recordable DVDs or CDs, an external hard drive, or an Internet-based file storage service so that you have a backup copy.


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