My Pictures

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
Pictures folder

My Pictures is a folder in the Microsoft Windows operating system that is used to store picture files. By default, when any picture is created or added to a Windows computer, they are saved in the My Pictures folder.


In later versions of Windows, My Pictures is called Pictures.

How to open My Pictures or Pictures

All versions of Windows

  1. Open Explorer
  2. On the left column, click This PC or Libraries.
  3. Click My Pictures or Pictures.

Windows 7, 8, and 10 users

  1. Click Start
  2. In the Start menu or on the Start screen, type pictures in the Search text field and click the Pictures option in the search results.

Windows 7 and earlier users

  1. Click Start
  2. In the Start menu, click My Pictures or Pictures.

You can add additional folders to the Pictures library if want like Family Pictures or Family Vacations for example.

Use Windows Photo Gallery to find pictures

One of the simplest ways to locate and view pictures on your computer is with the Windows Photo Gallery. By default, Photo Gallery displays all the pictures and videos that are located in the Pictures folder, and you can add other folders to Photo Gallery.

You can search for pictures and videos by typing in the Windows Search box or by clicking tags, dates or ratings, in the Navigation pane.

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