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Organizing Photos In Win 10

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, Digital Photography, File & Disk Management, Windows 10

Karen has some big complaints about organizing her photos in Windows 10. “If these people are going to Windows 10 tell them to make sure they have a real good backup for their photos.  As they will no longer have the way they have them organized as they have them now. That windows 10 program only allows date organizing. Not your way.  There is a way to get it off your computer but it takes an act of congress as it downloads with 10.”

Karen, I couldn’t agree with you more about backing up photos. They should be backed up anyway, not just when you’re doing a major upgrade.

But you’re certainly wrong about being able to organize your photos only by date in Windows 10.  I’ve previously written an article about organizing your photo files any way you want using file explorer.

You can click here to check that one out.


Let’s also look at how you can organize your photographs using the Photos App. To open the Photos app, just search for it in your search box and click on the result or tell Cortana to “open Photos.”


The Photos app will open on the Collection screen which does sort your photos by date.


But that’s not your only option.  Select Folders and you’ll see your pictures organized by the folders you’ve created in your Pictures library and elsewhere on your PC. One of the common complaints I’ve heard about upgrading to Windows 10 is that these folders are missing. But they are pretty easy to find. Just tap the folder you wish to view.


And there they are, right where you left them in alphabetical order.


Choose Albums and you’ll see that your PC has already generated some based on the date photos were taken.


You can create your own albums by tapping the + symbol at the top right of the page.


Then select photos to add to the album.


Then give the album any name you like.


Click save at the top right when you are finished.


By default, the photo app will see folders from the Pictures library and from your OneDrive account. But you can add additional folders. Click Settings at the bottom left of the screen.


Just scroll down to sources and tap or click Add a folder.


Then select the source you’d like to add.


The layout of the Photos app may be different that you’re used to, but it is possible to arrange your images any way you like using File Explorer and the Photos app together.

~ Cynthia

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5 Responses to “Organizing Photos In Win 10”

  1. Les says:

    Like Karen, I did not like (and still don’t) the format of viewing photos in “Photos”. So, I changed the default photo viewer to “Photo Gallery”. It works like I am used to.

  2. Helen Bond says:

    My issue is with the organisation of the pictures within the folders. They can only be organised in order as decided by the options available, i.e. Date; alphabetical etc. I often want to keep them “where placed”, and in the same folder,but this does not seem to be possible. The reason being that when I have scanned in lots of very old photos, they all carry the same date (the date when scanned) and I want to place them in date order of when they were originally taken. OK, I could number them, but then the numbers all have to change when I discover another picture of the same year and need to insert it. It was all good in XP.

  3. Karen says:

    Too late. Every thing I tried did not work. I finally found a way to delete the whole program. Besides a lot of what you have there did not work to bring back my photos the WAY I WANTED them. It continued to resort them by date. Some of my photos are from the 1930’s and before. I want them my way. The albums would not let me sort them in the order I wanted, continued to duplicate many times over. And then your way is also a round about way to get anything done. By deleting the program via the registry I have been able to get them pretty much back to normal. Still deleting the duplicates but at least they are staying where I put them.

  4. Daniel says:

    Microsoft just doesn’t seem to know when to leave well enough alone. I have absolutely no use for MOST Microsoft programs because you have to be COMPUTER GEEK to use them. In order to find any photos I want from my files, I have to go through the whole D–N folder that MS put them in, and that can take up an awful lot of time. And my backed up files of pictures – nearly worthless – MS has screwed them up as well.

  5. Pat says:

    I see above where Les uses Photo Gallery with Windows 10 … How do I put Photo Gallery on Windows 10?

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