Windows Essentials, also known as Windows Live Essentials, used to be a suite of useful Windows programs that were developed by Microsoft. The suite was free and included apps for e-mail management, instant messaging, photo management and sharing, blogging, and parental controls. Although Windows Essentials have evolved a lot over the years, in the end, they suffered the same unfortunate fate as dinosaurs: they’ve gone extinct. In other words, Microsoft decided that they are obsolete and that there’s no point in maintaining them. Although you can no longer download Windows Essentials from Microsoft, they can still be found in other places on the internet, and you can still use them if you want. Here’s where to find Windows Essentials, how to install them and how to start the Windows Essentials apps:
You might have noticed that Microsoft updated their OneDrive storage service so that it can automatically create albums from the photos you have stored in their cloud. Although this kind of auto-generated album might be something you’ll like, it’s also possible that you don’t want them. Fortunately for those of us who already have our photos organized the way we like it, and don’t want to see auto-generated albums and notifications, there are solutions to stop this behavior. Here is how to solve this annoying problem when using the Photos app in Windows 10, which is integrated with OneDrive:
The Photos app in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile is a Universal Windows Platform app meaning that it is the same app, with the same features and the same code, running on multiple Windows 10 platforms: PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets and so on. The Photos app is a gallery with all the pictures that you have stored locally on your device, as well as in the OneDrive cloud. When using it, some users are annoyed by the fact that this app shows the pictures stored in OneDrive alongside those stored locally. Some people may want to view only the pictures that are stored locally on their device. If that is the case for you, here’s how to make the Photos app stop showing your pictures from OneDrive:
If you are the type of person that always has a camera ready for that perfect candid photo, Photo Gallery may become one of your favorite tools. It allows you to import and arrange your photos, do minor edits and share them with friends. It even has some advanced functions that allow you to combine multiple photos in interesting ways. However, in this tutorial, we will first demonstrate how to use Photo Gallery to import pictures and videos to your Windows computers and devices, from just about any digital device: digital cameras, smartphones and memory cards.
Facebook has now become an important part of our lives. It keeps us connected with family and friends through photos, videos and other types of information. If you want to keep your Facebook profile up-to-date with your latest pictures, as easy and as quick as possible, you should use Microsoft's Photo Gallery. Instead of opening your browser, connecting to Facebook, and uploading each photo, you can upload them really quickly straight from Photo Gallery. Here's how it works:
When you install Windows Photo Gallery, you are not asked whether you want to set it as the default image viewer. In order to do that, you have to go through several steps. You can set it as the default viewer for all image types, just a few of them or only one type. In this guide we will cover all three scenarios:
While Windows Photo Gallery doesn't have the sophisticated editing tools that some other programs do, it certainly has enough for most people's needs. In this tutorial I will cover the basics of editing your photos, so that you get the results you want.
Many people like to publish images on Flickr, a justifiably popular image-sharing site. While there are several ways to do this, if you use Windows Photo Gallery, you've got one of the easiest publishing methods right at your fingertips. With just a few clicks you can publish as many photos as you want. In this tutorial I'll show you how this is done.
In a previous article, I talked about adding People tags to images in Windows Photo Gallery. If you've looked at Photo Gallery, you already know that people tags aren't the only identifiers you can add to your images. In this tutorial, I'll talk about adding Geotags and Captions. Adding such tags to your photos is time consuming, but it's worth it. Once you have identified your images they become especially easy to search.
Anyone who’s taken digital photos for any length of time has hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pictures stored on their hard drive. And the more photos there are, the harder it is to find any particular one—unless you’ve identified them in some easy-to-search way. We’ve seen how to tag photos with Windows Photo Gallery, and that is one way to find the photos you want. Here, I’ll explain how to use flags and ratings, which work in a slightly different way.