Add Folders to Photos in Windows 10

The Photos app is a Universal (Metro) app which comes pre-installed in Windows 10. It is a Store app which is intended to replace Windows Photo Viewer, since Microsoft wants to make the whole user environment look and work the same on Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 for PCs. However, interested users can restore the classic desktop app, Windows Photo Viewer. Today, we will see how to add or remove folders to the Photos app.


The built-in Photos app allows viewing images and performing basic editing. Its tile is pinned to the Start menu. Also, the app is associated with most image file formats out of the box. Photos offers very basic functionality to view images from the user's local drive or from the OneDrive cloud storage.

The Photos app automatically shows the photos and videos stored in the local Pictures folder along with files stored in OneDrive. You can customize the locations the app is using to display the media content, as follows.

To add Folders to Photos in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open Photos. Its tile is pinned to the Start menu by default.Photos Live Tile In Windows 10
  2. Click the three dots menu button in the top right corner.
  3.  Select the Settings command from the menu.Click Settings
  4. Settings will appear. Under Sources, click on the button Add a folder.Windows 10 Photos Folders
  5. Browse for the folder you want to add to the Photos app, then click on the button Add this folder to Pictures.Windows 10 Photos Add Folder
  6. Now you can close the Photos app.

Alternatively, you can use the Folders tab on the main page of the Photos app.

Add a folder to Photos from its main page

  1. Launch the Photos app.
  2. Click on the Folders tab at the top of the main page.
  3. Click on Add a folder.Windows 10 Photos Add Folder Folders Tab
  4. Browse for the folder you want to add to the Photos app, then click on the button Add this folder to Pictures.
  5. The folder is now added to Photos.Windows 10 Photos Added Folder

Finally, you can remove any added folder from your Pictures collection of the Photos app.

Open the app's settings, go to the Sources section, and click on the X button next to the folder name in the list. It will be removed once you confirm the operation.

Windows 10 Photos Remove Folder

That's it.

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