How to Download & Use Windows Photo Gallery?

There was one very important part of Windows Essentials software suite. We are talking about the windows photo gallery.  But the windows essentials software products have been discontinued by Microsoft in 2017. But there will be some of you who may be interested in downloading and using this product. Here is how you can do it.

What is Windows Photo Gallery?

This is an application that helps the user to optimize images and to edit pictures. It was introduced along with Windows Vista. Later when windows 7 was released the name of this application was changed to Windows Live Photo Gallery. With this application, the user can add titles, captions, and ratings to the photos. One can also add customized metadata tags. It also supports XMP metadata standard. You can edit photos and you can also resize a number of photos quickly.

How to Install Photo Gallery on Windows 10:

  • First of all, you need to go to the download page of Windows essentials.
  • Next, you need to run the wlsetup-web file.
  • Next, you have to select all the programs that you want to install. You have to select a photo gallery and movie maker.
  • Now you have to start the installation by clicking on the installation tab. Wait till the entire setup process gets completed.
  • Once the setup process is complete you have to click on the Close tab.
  • After the completion of the setup you can start the photo gallery by double-clicking on the shortcut.

There are chances that you may encounter an error message when you try running this application post-installation. This error message reads that Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition is required to run this program.  There is nothing to worry about. All that you have to do is download the required components. You can do this by going to the Microsoft website. Once the required components are downloaded you can easily run the program on your computer.

How to use Windows Photo Gallery?

Once you have downloaded and installed the program on your computer now we have to see how you can use this program.

  • You can open the programme by double-clicking on the short cut button. If the short cut has not been created in that case you have to click on the start button of your PC.
  • Now click on all programs and then click on “windows photo gallery” tab.
  • Once you have opened the application now you can first add all the pictures that you have on your computer. All that you have to do is drag and drop the pictures into the windows photo gallery.

There are chances that you have some photos on an external device like a camera. Even that can be added to this program. For this, you have to first connect the device to the computer.

  • Now click on Home and then click on Import option. Now you have to select the device from where the photos and videos have to be imported and click on the confirm button.
  • Now there is an option where you can select the destination where the imported photos have to be stored. For this, you have to click on “More Options” Now you can select the destination folder.
  • You can also select a naming scheme for the sub-folder. Import the photos and click on OK. In case you do not choose the destination folder then the photos will get stored by default in:

You can also export the photos that are saved on the program to an external device. For this, you have to connect the external storage device to the computer. Now you have to only drag the photos from the windows photo gallery and drop it into the folder of the external storage device.

It must be noted that when you click on the import button you will be given 2 options. The first option is ”Import All New Items”.  Here all the items that are not there in the destination folder will be imported from the source. The second option is ”Review, Organize and Group Items to Import”. In this case, you can select and arrange specific items.

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Organize and Share Your Photos:

If you want to categorize your photos then you can apply tags. You can give more information about the picture by making use of captions. Tags are added by selecting the Add Tags option. You can add tag to a group of photos. For this, you have to select the multiple photos and then select the Add tags option. In order to add captions, you have to click on click on the picture and then select the caption option.

On the bottom panel, some buttons can be used to navigate or to rotate the photos or to delete the photos, etc.  There is also provision using which you can view the photos in the form of a slideshow. Using the editing options you can make minor changes to the photos. You can adjust the brightness and contrast of the photos. There are other options like photo straightening, red-eye removal, etc.

You can easily share and print the photos. If you want to email the photos then you have to first select the items that you want to send. Then go home, then share and then email. Now choose the size of the photos. Now click on Attach option. The default email client on your PC will open an email box with the selected photos attached. If you want to print the photos then you have to right-click on the picture that needs to be printed and select the Print option. You can also make use of Control+ P option to print the select photo.

The downloading, installation and use of this application is not complicated. You simply have to follow the above-mentioned guidelines for using this program. This is one of the best ways to store and share your photos.

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