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How do I choose my own pictures folders?

  1. #1


    Rio
    Posts : 85
    Triple Boot Win7, Win8.1 and 10

    How do I choose my own pictures folders?


    The Pictures Library in the Photos app/tile in Windows 8 doesn't offer me the option to choose my own pictures folders as it does my video ones. It only offers me to create a folder (I don't know where) or to import pictures from a camera or a cell phone, I suppose.

    Is there any way for me to pick my own pictures folders instead of having to move my pictures into a Windows default folder only to have to move them again (or lose them)if something goes wrong?

    Thx in advance!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by rafael1979 View Post
    The Pictures Library in the Photos app/tile in Windows 8 doesn't offer me the option to choose my own pictures folders as it does my video ones. It only offers me to create a folder (I don't know where) or to import pictures from a camera or a cell phone, I suppose.

    Is there any way for me to pick my own pictures folders instead of having to move my pictures into a Windows default folder only to have to move them again (or lose them)if something goes wrong?

    Thx in advance!
    Hi rafael1979

    Unfortunately the Photos app does not offer the option to 'look' for photos in a certain location. If you choose import, the items you select will be ​copied to a newly created folder in the Pictures Library leaving the originals where they are.
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  3. #3


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    See this tutorial for how to add your own image folders to Pictures library: Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8
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  4. #4


    Rio
    Posts : 85
    Triple Boot Win7, Win8.1 and 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    See this tutorial for how to add your own image folders to Pictures library: Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8
    Thank you very much! This solved it for me. I just have to figure out a way not to have a separate folder inserted in Pictures and instead send the folder directly into Pictures so it shows as a folder in my Pictures Library. Thank you anyway!!
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