Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope
Large arrangement of photographs or paintings in frames.

Sometimes abbreviated as pic, a picture is a visual capture of an object. Pictures can be created using devices such as a digital camera, scanner, smartphone, or are works of art created on the computer. The photograph of a man setting up pictures shown here is a good example of something that can be considered a picture.

If a visual object is made on the computer and not captured by another device, it may be called a clip art, graphic, illustration, render, or screenshot.


On Windows computers, pictures save to the My Pictures or Pictures folder by default. If you've downloaded a picture from the Internet, it will be stored in your downloads folder. For help locating your downloads folder, see: Where are the files I downloaded using my web browser?


Pictures on a computer often have one of the following file extensions: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png, .tiff (or .tif) and can be edited using an image or photo editor.

Camera terms, Computer abbreviations, Gallery, Image, PICS, Picture element, PIIX, Video terms