Capturing and Managing Your Digital
Pictures and Videos
Earlier releases of Windows include the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer for view-
ing digital pictures, performing basic editing, and playing slide shows using a series
of pictures. Windows Vista includes a more full-featured program called Windows
Photo Gallery. With Windows Photo Gallery, you can:
• View digital pictures and videos in any supported formats.
• Organize digital pictures and videos by tags, date taken, ratings, and folders.
• Touch up digital pictures by adjusting exposure and color, cropping, rotating,
and so on.
• Print optimized versions of digital pictures at full-page or preset sizes.
• Play slide shows using a series of digital pictures.
• Burn CDs and DVDs to create copies of your pictures and videos.
Because Microsoft designed Windows Photo Gallery to coexist with Windows Media
Player, you can use the same pictures and videos as those you’re using with Win-
dows Media Player. Any changes you make to picture and video properties in Win-
dows Photo Gallery will be reflected in Windows Media Player when the media
information updates, which typically happens automatically. The same is true for
Windows Photo Gallery. If you make changes to picture and video properties in
Windows Media Player, the changes will be reflected in Windows Photo Gallery
when the media information updates.
Getting Started with Windows Photo Gallery
Windows Photo Gallery allows you to view, edit, organize, and share pictures and vid-
eos. You start Windows Photo Gallery by clicking Start
➝ All Programs ➝ Windows
Photo Gallery. As Figure 9-1 shows, the main window has these key elements: