Enable or Disable Indexing of Network Locations in Photos in Windows 10

How to Enable or Disable Indexing of Network Locations in Photos in Windows 10

Windows 10 ships with a Photos app which replaced the Windows Photo Viewer and Photo Gallery. Its tile is pinned to the Start menu. It comes with tight integration with Microsoft's very own cloud solution, OneDrive. With the latest update, Windows 10 Photos has received the ability to index network locations for faster image rendering.

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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.

Windows 10 Photos App Banner

Note: Interested users can restore the classic desktop app, Windows Photo Viewer.

The Photos app is included with Windows 10 by default. It receives updates automatically. If you have removed it or would like to upgrade it manually, navigate to this page on the Microsoft Store.

The Photos app comes with a set of 3D effects. The feature is supposed to allow users to add 3D objects and use advanced effects on them. See

Add 3D Effects to Images with Photos in Windows 10

When you save an image with 3D effects, the Photos app writes your work to a video file. It is using your video card (GPU) for hardware accelerated video encoding.

If you delete a file in the Photos app,  the app displays a delete confirmation dialog (enabled by default) before the file and all its exact duplicates are moved to the Recycle Bin in Windows 10.

Starting in version 2020.20070.3003.0 it is possible to enable or disable Indexing for network locations in the image library to have them read faster by the Photos app. Here's how to get this working.

To Enable or Disable Indexing of Network Locations in Photos in Windows 10,

  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.WIndows 10 Photos App Settings
  4. Under Indexing, turn on or off (defaults) the Disable indexing parts of your library stored on Network locations option for what you want.Windows 10 Photos App Indexing
  5. You are done.

Note: Enabling the Indexing for network locations may negatively affect the app's performance, as it needs to access a remote location to add the files store there to its indexing database.

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1 thought on “Enable or Disable Indexing of Network Locations in Photos in Windows 10

  1. Elto Desukane

    If you set disable indexing to off, does it mean indexing is on?

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