Building Your Photo and Video Gallery
Adding or Removing Media Folders
Whenever you start Windows Photo Gallery, it checks your Pictures and Videos
folders for any picture or video files you’ve added and then updates your gallery to
reflect these changes automatically. Because of this, the easiest way to add media to
your gallery is simply to move the media files to the appropriate personal folder. To
add digital pictures to your library, simply copy or move the digital pictures to your
Pictures folder. To add videos to your library, simply copy or move the videos to
your Videos folder.
Windows Photo Gallery also monitors the Public Pictures and Public Videos folders.
Therefore, if you have pictures or videos that you’d like to share with others who use
your computer, you can put the shared pictures and videos in these folders.
You can have Windows Photo Gallery add media from and monitor other folders in
exactly the same way by completing the following steps:
1. Right-click the Folders category in the Navigation Pane, and then select Add
Folder to Gallery. This displays the Add Folder to Gallery dialog box.
2. In the Add Folder to Gallery dialog box, select the folder containing pictures,
videos, or both that you’d like to add, and then click OK.
As long as you have appropriate permissions to access the folder, Windows Photo
Gallery will then begin adding pictures and videos from the folder to your gallery.
How long this takes depends on how many pictures and videos you are adding.
You can remove a folder that you added if you no longer want to include a folder’s
items in your gallery. To do this, right-click the folder and then select Remove from
Gallery. When prompted, confirm that you want to remove the folder from the gal-
lery by clicking Yes. Removing the folder from the gallery tells Windows Photo Gal-
lery to stop monitoring the folder. It doesn’t delete the folder or its contents from
Getting Your Digital Pictures
One way of using a digital picture camera with your computer is to connect the cam-
era directly. After you run your digital camera’s Setup program, you can connect
most digital cameras directly to your computer using a Universal Serial Bus (USB) or
FireWire cable. With your camera turned on, you then access the digital pictures on
it as you would any other device with removable storage. In Windows Photo Gal-
lery, you can also select the Import from Camera or Scanner option on the File menu
to import digital pictures directly.
Rather than connecting your camera directly, you can purchase a memory-card
reader that plugs into a USB slot on your computer. Once you’ve connected the card
reader to your computer, you simply insert the memory card. As with a direct cam-
era connection, you then access your digital pictures as you would any other device