Using the Photos App in Windows 8

Microsoft has bundled several Metro apps along with Windows 8 Release Preview. Photos is one of them. Acting as a true follower of Metro principles, Photos does only one thing – managing photos; and it does it very well.

It provides a neat and clean interface to view your photos.

Photos app collects pictures from your local Pictures library as well as online services of Facebook, SkyDrive and Flickr. Besides that, it will also import the photos from an external device like a webcam.

To launch the app, click on its tile on the Start Screen.

The main page welcomes you with bright wallpaper, along with the photos collected under the name of their sources. Click on any of the source in order to access its albums and photos.

For example, I go into the Pictures library. The app then changes its view to show me all the folders and files collected under the Pictures library.

The context menu, which can be activated by right clicking near the top edge of the screen, shows various options like,

  • providing feedback for the app to Windows Store
  • list the folders by date
  • start a slideshow
  • select all the pictures of the current folder
  • import pictures from a device

You can select one or more photos, delete them or start a slideshow of the selected photos.

Settings

Photos app uses the Settings Charm to display its settings.


You can customize the following options.

  • Toggle the shuffling of photos shown on the app tile – If turned on, then the photos will be displayed in a random order on the app tile.
  • You can individually enable or disable the sources of pictures. Photos app will show photos only from the enabled sources.

Search through Photos

Photos implements the Search Charm to provide search function within the app. However, you can search only in the Pictures library of your system. Photos of the online services are not included in the search.

When I searched for the term “friends”, Photos listed 4 photos from the Pictures library.

Share Charm

You can share photos from within the app using the Share Charm. For example, I wish to mail my favorite picture to my friends. So I select the picture in the Photos app and invoke the Share Charm.

The charm gives me a list of apps with which Photos can share content. I select the Mail app.

The Mail app receives the content as a file attachment.

All I need to do is to type the recipients’ email id’s in order to share the content.

  • Sherry Berry

    Where can you “unhide” the photos…? I accidentally clicked the “hide” button on in the photos album, now its telling me to change it in the setting but i dont know where the settings is and where the photos setting is…