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Windows 10’s default Photos app can handle most photo editing tasks with ease.

If you’re using a Windows 10 PC, you might be tempted to install and use one of your favorite photo editing programs 10 Easy-to-Use Photo Editing Programs for Newbie Photographers 10 Easy-to-Use Photo Editing Programs for Newbie Photographers Some photos only look their best after a bit of editing. If Photoshop and Lightroom seem too complex for you, check out these easy-to-use alternatives. Read More and set it as your default program How to Change Default Apps and Settings in Windows 10 How to Change Default Apps and Settings in Windows 10 Windows 10 makes a lot of decisions for the lazy user. If you would prefer to be your own master, you can set your own preferences. We show you how. Read More .

Before installing them, you should first give the default Windows 10 Photos app a go because it contains some lesser-known features from programs you may otherwise turn to. Many of these features can be easily overlooked, unless you know where to find them.

Check out our useful tips to improve your photos 13 Tips to Quickly Improve Your Photos 13 Tips to Quickly Improve Your Photos Good photos and bad photos aren't determined by cameras but by photographers. Here are 13 tips that will quickly improve your photos. Read More .

1. Add Other Folders to the App

Search for and open the Photos app on your Windows 10 PC. By default, the app contains all the photos in your Pictures folder, as well as the photos saved to your OneDrive account.

To add photos stored on another folder on your PC, click Settings at the bottom left, click + Add a folder at the bottom, select the folder you want to add to the app, then click Add this folder to Pictures.

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2. Import Files from an External Drive

Often, you’ll need to add photos from an external source, such as a memory card or pen drive. To do that, insert the drive into your PC, click the Import icon at the top-right. The app will detect your drive and all its photos will be ticked by default. Click Continue to import them. On the following screen, you’ll see the option to delete the photos from your drive.

3. Locate the Photos You Want Quickly

The app saves all your photos based on the date they were taken (using your photos’ EXIF data What EXIF Photo Data Is, How to Find It & How to Understand It What EXIF Photo Data Is, How to Find It & How to Understand It Read More ). The Collection section at the top contains all these photos arranged by date (in reverse chronological order). Click the date at the top to see other months that you can quickly click to jump to.

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To find photos you recently uploaded, click the Albums section, then click Last import.

4. Delete, Copy, or Share Multiple Photos in One Go

The app’s useful batch-select feature lets you delete, copy or share multiple photos in one go. Tick all the files you want to perform an action to, then select the relevant option at the top right. To share photos, you’ll need to ensure you’ve installed and logged into compatible apps, including Outlook, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Photos that you mistakenly delete can be restored from your PC’s Recycle Bin.

5. Play Images in a Folder as a Slideshow

For this point, please close the Photos app.

To play all your images in a folder as a slideshow, just open the first image. If you see a pop-up asking you which program you want to use, select Photos, then click OK. Now hit the F5 key on your keyboard and all your photos will start playing as a slideshow. You can also use the left and right arrow keys to navigate between files.

6. Enhance Your Photo With One Click

Most good photo editing programs (even apps) have one-click fix options. This basically analyzes your image and applies basic fixes to it. These include making a blurry image sharper, enhancing the photo’s brightness, contrast, and so on.

To apply these fixes using the Photos app, open any photo you want to enhance, then click the Edit icon at the top right. This is where the app’s best editing features are located. Click the Enhance option at the top right to add the one-click fix to your photo.

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As with all the other features in the Editing section, use the options at the top right if you want to undo any change, save your image, or save a copy of it. You can also compare the before and after effects of a change by keeping the Compare option clicked. If you don’t use a mouse, then press and hold the CTRL + / keys to compare your last change.

7. Crop, Rotate, and Remove Red Eye

The options below Enhance (top right) let you make quick basic edits, including rotating, cropping, and straightening your photo. We’ve featured free red eye removal tools RediGone: Free Online Red Eye Removal Tool RediGone: Free Online Red Eye Removal Tool Read More , but the Photos app lets you do this with one click. Retouch lets you quickly removes blemishes or pimples and smoothen roads.

8. Add Filters

The Photos app is no Instagram when is comes to adding filters, but it does contain a decent mix of six filters that can make your photos more dynamic. Click Filters on the left to access them.

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Check out these free websites to add effects to your photos 10+ Sites To Add Amazing Effects To Your Photos 10+ Sites To Add Amazing Effects To Your Photos Read More .

9. Boost Your Brightness, Contrast, and Temperature

Click the Light section on the left. From here, you can adjust the brightness, contrast, highlights, and shadows of your photo by clicking and moving each option to the left or right (like a circular slider). Similarly, click Color on the left to tweak your temperature, tint, saturation, and color intensity.

10. Add Selective Focus

Selective focus is a brilliant photo editing tool and is the primary domain of DSLR cameras. For anyone that doesn’t know what it is, it lets you focus on an object in the foreground/background, while lightly blurring out the rest of the image. Read a more in-depth version of how focus works How Does Autofocus Actually Work? How Does Autofocus Actually Work? Autofocus is a feature of modern cameras that's easy to take for granted, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself how it works? How does your smartphone do it so easily? Read More .

To use this feature in the Photos app, click Effects at the bottom left, then click Selective Focus on the right. You’ll see a semi-circle with four dots on your image. You can re-position this semicircle and click and drag the four dots to reshape your area in your focus. To set how blurry the rest of your image appears, click the circular Blur icon at the top right, then select one of the five options (Strongest to Weakest).

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Using these tools, you can make almost any of the photo edits you need without installing any third-party program.

Are there any features you’d like to see added to the Photos app in the next big Windows update? Which photo editing program do you prefer using and why?

  1. BC
    December 4, 2016 at 6:00 am

    What happened to brightening the "shadows" - the new version is completely useless - lacks many of the features I commonly use. Loved the simplicity of the older version - How do I get it back?

  2. Amar Gupta
    December 4, 2016 at 4:45 am

    The enhanced photos do NOT show up enhanced in other apps including the windows photos manager. They look enhanced ONLY in the Photo App. The file property shows the same old file in the directory. Any idea how to find these photos so they appear enhanced in any application? I want to forward a dropbox link to others for them to see the photos.

    Thanks!

  3. ss
    December 2, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    What has happened to the straighten tool? Please bring it back.

  4. Michael
    November 30, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Others are noticeably upset about this change as well. See this forum link on MS's website:

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/apps_windows_10-photos/windows-10-photos-app-november-2016-update/eddc7678-53c3-40a7-8139-bed225f4fb38?page=1

    In a nutshell, this is no good. I really, REALLY liked the simplicity of the previous version. Here's hoping that they see that this wasn't a good change and offer the ability to revert!

  5. Fausto
    November 28, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Very disappointed with the new version updated about Aug/Sep 2016 which is a nightmare to use.
    It also misses the app named Selective Focus which I used a lot.

  6. JM
    November 25, 2016 at 5:03 am

    The new update is awful. The filters aren't good--and the ability to adjust and fine tune has been diminished. Why fix something that worked well-

    • M Rifai Nazim
      November 25, 2016 at 6:56 am

      Exactly true. There are so many features that has being disappeared on the new version. Pls roll back to the previous version

  7. Ann
    November 24, 2016 at 4:02 am

    I too am extremely bummed about this update. The thing I miss terribly is the ability to blur the backgrounds! Why would they leave that feature off the update? I find the new filters to be quite unappealing. I also miss a more distinct contrast! I found the wheel dials in the previous version to be extremely user-friendly and fast. Hoping I can go back to the previous version.

  8. Becki Zeipen
    November 20, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I was very unhappy with the automatic/unwanted update as well. I found a note on another site and the advise given was to go to your control panel, then system and security, then security and maintenance, then recovery, then open system restore. I restored to a date before the update took place, which was 11/13/16 on my computer. I now have the previous version and was able to edit photos as I had done on 11/12/16. Yeah!!!!! I then went to my Microsoft store settings and made sure the automatic update button was toggled off.

    • Missie T.
      December 1, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Hi, Becki.
      I tried everything just as you listed. But to no avail. When I get to "restore to date before", I find that Windows has automatically set a date three days prior to the current date. I tried to manually override that, also to no avail. Windows will not let me. I tinkered around and thought I had conquered this, re-booted my computer, then went in to restore, found my "restore" date, thought "Ahha! Maybe it worked!". When I went into my photos, the same ridiculous photo-editing program is still in place. I cannot seem to get rid of it and go back to the original program. Currently, I am researching online options for other Photo-editing programs, but so far, I have not found any that are even close to the Windows programming I had just a couple weeks ago.

  9. Joe
    November 20, 2016 at 1:37 am

    it would be great if file names were displayed and also if it were possible to select which files types (eg jpg but not raw) in a directory to display.

  10. Debra Ruth Poliquin
    November 18, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I too was shocked to open the app and find it completely replaced. I do find that many of the new features are good, but like other comments have noted, there are some great features of the old app missing. I miss the shadows button also. I DO find that the "enhance" feature in the new version works MUCH better than in the old. My BIGGEST COMPLAINT is that when using the "spot fix" feature, when you enlarge the photo to get at small defects, you cannot move around the photo. I take photos of small jewelry items. So most of my photos are very close-up and so even specks of dust will show up in the photos. When I enlarge the photo, I can't move around any longer. I used to be able to click the left mouse button and then move the mouse and go to any part of the enlarged picture and clean up dust and other defects. There is only one size button for "spot-fix" so it doesn't' work on my tiny items when it is normal sized. I hope that makes sense. Now I will have to find another editor to work with because of that ONE really important feature being gone. Otherwise, for me, most of the new app I can live with. If anyone knows of a way to move around the photo when it is enlarged and using "spot-fix" please let me know. Thanks!

  11. Missie T.
    November 17, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Yesterday--11-15-16-- while photo-editing, everything as described above was in place on my Windows 10 photo app. And I have had it in place since we got Windows 10 in April, and have been using it successfully since--gradually getting more and more familiar with it.
    Today--11-16-16--when I went to edit photos, the entire photo editing program had changed. Completely changed. Does anyone know what happened???

    • bella
      November 17, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Mine too and it is a horrid app. So unhappy.

    • JHDet
      November 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Same thing happened to me! Very distressed.

    • David Haith
      November 18, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Same thing with me - and the nbew version doesn't have a Shadows button which I found very useful.
      How can I get the old program back please?

    • David Haith
      November 18, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      No idea why this has happened - sorry.
      I miss the Shadows button
      If you find a way to download the old prog please message me under my name on Facebook
      Or look up a contact for me under UFOs
      Thanks

    • Becki Zeipen
      November 20, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      I was very unhappy with the automatic/unwanted update as well. I found a note on another site and the advise given was to go to your control panel, then system and security, then security and maintenance, then recovery, then open system restore. I restored to a date before the update took place, which was 11/13/16 on my computer. I now have the previous version and was able to edit photos as I had done on 11/12/16. Yeah!!!!! I then went to my Microsoft store settings and made sure the automatic update button was toggled off.

  12. HikingMike
    November 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    How do you view actual size of the image in Windows 10 Photos viewer? It seems to enlarge images that are smaller than the window, which of course makes them blurry if they were sharp before. How is this not an option? Not every image is a photograph or larger than the screen size.

  13. IMRAN™
    November 14, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Aren't these things almost every Photos app on the planet offers since the last 10 years? Yet, in 2016 Microsoft's own boards have people begging for a way to select multiple images without having to click on every single one. e.g. choose 78 photos out of 178 in a series, and you cannot click and drag, at least according to MS' own (no)Help pages. Mind numbing.

  14. jim hempleman
    October 30, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    1 change white sky to blue.
    2 copy a face or other item from on photo to another.

  15. Bob Sundahl
    October 1, 2016 at 4:02 am

    I would like to add text to the photos

  16. Bob Sundahl
    October 1, 2016 at 4:00 am

    I would like to add text as a comment on the content

  17. Angel
    September 12, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I recently discovered the editing features in this Photos app, despite having my laptop for just about a year. I am shocked...I love boosting the color. The only problem is I prefer doing the majority of my editing in other apps, so I usually bounce back and forth between Photos, Photoshop and various apps on my Note 5. It's a pain. Would love to know of another app that lets you selectively and easily boost the colors, as this app does. Meanwhile, good job Microsoft. I have never understood the hate of Windows 10.

  18. Tom L.
    August 15, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    The photo editing in Windows 10 default Photos app has some nice tricks, but organizing photos by date alone is PATHETIC. In Windows Photo Gallery you have:

    a) naming and folder creation options at IMPORT which are quite powerful. NOTHING like this in PHOTOS.

    b) ability to assign comments, tags (like "birds" "landscape"), anything you like, AND renaming of files on the same window. NOT POSSIBLE in Photos.

    The good news / bad news for me -- I just bought a new DELL with Win 10 preinstalled, and with a little tweaking have my old Photo Gallery from the Win 7 machine working. Cool, that's the good. The bad -- the screen layout is reformatted, harder to read, AND I just tried to use the AUTO ADJUST button, and it's gone loco -- it whited out most of the image. Thank God the revert function still works.

  19. Josef
    July 30, 2016 at 3:09 am

    I do not like the way Photos creates automatically Albums. They just pic a few pictures from folders. It doesn't make sense. I hope I can delete all automatically created albums.
    Having said that, I do like the albums, they look nice.

    I would like Photos to have the same functionality like OneDrive, where I can create Album from a folder by right clicking on it. I have 200 folders with 10,000 pictures, and creating albums picture by picture would take the rest of my life.

  20. chris9465
    July 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    How do you move photos out of the photo app?

    How do I see my photos on my hard drive?

    how do I mass delete all the dated folders I don't want need or asked for?

    how do we chose are own organization format?

    how do I stop the auto creation of dated files from my phone/camera to this app?

    These are the reasons photo app is an abomination. The answer to all of the above questions is: you can't.

  21. sweet
    July 27, 2016 at 3:04 am

    I am so angry...before win 10 I could save my photo with edits using the windows photo editor, then at any point in the future, still be able to undo those changes. I thought win 10 was the same ...now my photo is f***'d...and I can't undo the changes....!@#$%^&*I(O I hate windows 10!!!!!!!!!!! not to mention it locks up...freezes everyday...twice on sunday!!!!!!!@#$%^&*()_

  22. S. Tozzi
    July 23, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Windows 10 was installed without my permission! I can no longer open photos or scanned documents [ app din't start ]?! I can still use my printer but the "scanning function"is DEAD!?!!!?
    I had a system that worked. Now I have to go BEG or PAY somebody to solve a problem I didn't ask for. Thank you very much!!!

  23. Apoettoo
    July 20, 2016 at 4:54 am

    It would be great if they would come out with a Windows 10 version of Photo Gallery. Photos does not do panoramas, which was a major wonderful thing about Photo Gallery. The Fine Tuning in Photo Gallery put all the editing features a click away. That made it easy to balance the light and color without opening and closing one feature or the other like in Photos. Why does Microsoft abandon good programs and come up with these sad replacements? Pity it is.

    • Joanne Khoury
      July 31, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      I miss the features in Photo Gallery that automatically saved a photo once I clicked on the next photo and allowed me to use all the filters (fine tuning) without having to click on each one. It's more time-consuming to have to click on Save for each photo and then select the filters each time. I also miss the Revert to Original feature and the Sharpness feature. When creating new programs, I do not understand why can't Microsoft create programs that keep all the features its users are used to and merely add new features.

  24. Gerald
    July 6, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    It would be great if Microsoft could add XMP-tagging like Windows Live Photo Gallery had....

  25. Garp
    July 5, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    It could be nice if the Enhance function could be expanded to a batch function too.

  26. Gina
    July 2, 2016 at 1:29 am

    I love how my photos look enhanced, but the save icons are not functional. Do you know how to fix that?

  27. Sharon Mathiason
    June 1, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    All my photos were labelled by name and in named folders in Windows 7. Now, they just appear as images grouped by date. How do I get my original organization back?

  28. chris9876
    April 18, 2016 at 6:01 am

    This app destroyed my photo organization from windows 7. Now I have anywhere from 4-15 of the same photos and or folders destroying my hard drive space! Win10 is an abomination am done Mac Book here I come

    • Sherwin
      April 26, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Sorry to hear that, Chris. You could try installing the free program "Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10". It's the only program I know of that lets you install Windows 7's "Windows Photo Viewer" on Windows 10 in just a few clicks.

  29. Roger D Williams
    April 10, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Many of my photos are 360-degree panoramas, so I'd like the Photo App to be aware of this and give the LH and RH edges of my photos matching treatment.

    • Sherwin
      April 26, 2016 at 9:56 am

      That's a feature I'd like to see as well, Roger. Hope Microsoft will add it as part of a Windows Update.

  30. Frent
    April 9, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I also used photos in my album to conveniently create a Sway project. I was amazed at the different editorial effects available. Making presentations is so much easier now!

    • Sherwin
      April 26, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Sway beats PowerPoint any day.

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