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.
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.
Note: Interested users can restore the classic desktop app, Windows Photo Viewer.
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
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.
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,
- Open Photos. Its tile is pinned to the Start menu by default.
- Click the three dots menu button in the top right corner.
- Select the Settings command from the menu.
- Under Indexing, turn on or off (defaults) the Disable indexing parts of your library stored on Network locations option for what you want.
- 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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