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

Photos New Icon

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 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.
  2. Click the three dots menu button in the top right corner.
  3. Select the Settings command from the menu.
  4. Under Indexing, turn on or off (defaults) the Disable indexing parts of your library stored on Network locations option for what you want.
  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.

Articles of interest


Support us

Winaero greatly relies on your support. You can help the site keep bringing you interesting and useful content and software by using these options:

If you like this article, please share it using the buttons below. It won't take a lot from you, but it will help us grow. Thanks for your support!

Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

3 thoughts on “Enable or Disable Indexing of Network Locations in Photos in Windows 10”

  1. This feature is great but the programmers have created a perplexing dilema with a double negative situation. If I set disable to “on” does that mean indexing is on or off. I interpret the act of “disabling indexing” the same as “turning indexing off.” The double negative question: If I turn off “disable indexing” (turning off indexing) am I turning indexing on or off? This option needs to be rewritten to clearly ask if I want to index files on a network location: Yes or No?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Exit mobile version
Using Telegram? Subscribe to the blog channel!
Hello. Add your message here.