Open or move pictures from digital camera to the computer

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

USB cable and portA digital camera is treated like an external drive when connected to your Windows computer. Like an external drive, when your camera is connected the computer, it shows the device as a new drive letter. Follow the steps below to view, copy, or move the pictures from the digital camera to your computer.

Connecting camera with USB cable

  1. Open My Computer
  2. Connect the camera to the USB cable. You should notice a new drive letter added to the listing of available drives. The new drive letter is the last drive. For example, if your disc drive is drive letter E: it's likely your camera is letter F:
  3. Once the drive has been opened, you should see a DCIM folder. Open this folder to see each of the pictures that have been taken and saved to the camera.
  4. Finally, open these pictures like you would any other picture stored on the computer, by double-clicking it, then copy or move them. If you want to copy or move all the files, highlight all files by pressing Ctrl+A, right-click a highlighted file, choose either copy or move, and paste the files where you'd like them to go.

Inserting camera memory stick into computer

  1. Open My Computer
  2. Once open you should see several drives. Since most card readers have each of the different card readers, you'll need to open each of these drives until you're able to find what drive letter contains the folder named DCIM.
  3. Once found, open this folder to see each of the pictures that have been taken and saved to the camera.
  4. Finally, open these pictures like you would any other picture stored on the computer, by double-clicking it, then copy or move them. If you want to copy or move all the files, highlight all files by pressing Ctrl+A, right-click a highlighted file, choose either copy or move, and paste the files where you'd like them to go.

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