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How to add more folders to Photos app on Windows 10

If you store pictures on an external drive or network share, use these steps to sources to the Photos app on Windows 10.

Adding folder locations to Photos on Windows 10

On Windows 10, the Photos app is the default experience to view pictures and videos stored locally on your device or the cloud using OneDrive.

The app is simple and includes all the basic features to view, organize, and edit your photos and other media contents. The only caveat is that by default the Photos only shows files from your “Pictures” folder. If you store files on external drive or in the network using a shared folder, those images won’t show in the app. However, within the settings, you can add and remove new locations to more folders in your collection.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to add or remove new folder locations to the Photos app on Windows 10.

How to add new folder location in Photos

To add a new folder with images as an additional source in Photos, use these steps :

  1. Open Photos.

  2. Click the main menu (three-dotted) button from the top-right corner, and select the Settings option.

    Photos settings option
    Photos settings option
  3. Under the “Sources” section, click the Add a folder button.

    Add new folder to Photos
    Add new folder to Photos
  4. Select the new location.

  5. Click the Add this folder to Pictures button.

    Select new folder location photos
    Select new folder location photos

Once you complete the steps, the new location will be added, and the Photos app will start indexing your images.

If you have other locations that you want to add, you’ll need to repeat the steps.

How to remove folder location in Photos

To remove a location with images that you don’t want to appear in Photos, use steps:

  1. Open Photos.

  2. Click the main menu (three-dotted) button from the top-right corner, and select the Settings option.

    Photos settings option
    Photos settings option
  3. Under the “Sources” section, click the delete button next to location

    Remove folder location on Photos
    Remove folder location on Photos
  4. Click the Remove Folder button.

After you complete the steps, Photos will no longer show pictures from the location you removed. (Removing a folder location from Photos, doesn’t delete the folder or images on it.)

How to view all pictures stored on OneDrive in Photos

When using OneDrive, the Photos app will automatically show the images stored inside the Pictures folders. However, if you also store images in other folders, you’ll need to change the settings to allow Photos to scan images from all folders.

To view pictures from all folders stored in the cloud, use these steps:

  1. Open Photos.

  2. Click the main menu (three-dotted) button from the top-right corner, and select the Settings option.

    Photos settings option
    Photos settings option
  3. Under the “Microsoft OneDrive” section, use the drop-down menu, and select the All folder option.

    Photos OneDrive settings
    Photos OneDrive settings

Once you complete the steps, Photos will start showing images from all folders stored in OneDrive.

If you prefer not to show any images from OneDrive, then turn off the Show my cloud-only content from OneDrive toggle switch.