Top 10 Useful Tips to use the Photos app on Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a default Photos app that does the work quite neatly. With a bunch of photo editing and tweaking features in the app, you can't imagine how much editing you can manage in this default app.

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While there are definitely alternatives like Adobe AfterEffects and Photoshop, you should check out the Windows 10 photos app before installing these heavy softwares. Here are the top 10 useful tips that you should know about the Windows 10 photos app.

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Add photos from other folders

By default, the Windows 10 app stores all your photos from the Pictures folder and also from the cloud-based OneDrive folder. If you wish to add photos from any other folders on the PC, go to Settings and click the ‘Add a folder' button. Select the folder from which you wish to add photos.

Import files from external sources

Often we add photos to our PC from external pen drives, hard drives and memory cards. To do that in the Win 10 photos app, click on the ‘Import icon' button on the top right of the app. It will them automatically detect all the relevant external drives and ask for photos to be imported.

Locate photos quickly

The photos app can save all your pictures based on the date of which you uploaded them. In order to quickly find an old photo that you took, go into the Collection folder and select the month and year of the photo.

Delete, Copy or Share photos

Batch-selecting all the photos in the app lets you perform functions like Delete, Copy and Share for one, some or all of the pictures stored in the app. You can even restore the deleted photos from your Recycle Bin.

Play photos in a slideshow

If you wish to watch all your images slide away automatically, you can open the first image and hit the F5 button on your keyboard to start a slideshow of all the following images. Left and right arrows can also be used to manage the direction.

Enhance photo quality

Editing and improving photo quality in the Windows 10 photo app is extremely simple. Open the photo of your choice and click on the Edit icon on your right. This is where the best algorithms are stored. Now click on the Enhance button and add the one-click editing to your photo.

Selective focus

One of the key features of a DSLR is selective focusing or a technique that involves focus on a single object while blurring out the background. The photos app lets you focus on an object by clicking Effects on the left bar and then clicking on Selective Focus.

Improve the brightness and contrast

Clicking the ‘Light' option on the left bar opens up the various settings for managing brightness, contrast and temperature levels on your selected photo. You can even change the shadows and highlights of your photo to get the desired results.

Adding filters

Filters are currently the trend whether it is Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat. The Photos app on Windows 10 offers a decent amount of photo filters to mix up your photo and make it more dynamic.

Crop and rotate the photo

Going back to the ‘Enhance' button will reveal another menu that lets you make basic edits like cropping, rotating and straightening the photo. This all can be done with just one click and it even helps remove spots and blemishes.

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