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For Seniors: Upload Digital Camera Photos to Your Laptop

Uploading photos from a camera to your Windows computer is a simple process, but it helps to understand what’s involved. (This is similar to the process you can use to upload movies from a camcorder — in both cases, check your manual for details.) Here are some highlights:

  • Making the connection: Uploading photos from a digital camera to a computer requires that you connect the camera to a USB port on your computer using a USB cable that typically comes with the camera. Power on the camera or change its setting to a playback mode as instructed by your user’s manual.

  • Installing software: Digital cameras also typically come with software that makes uploading photos to your computer easy. Install the software and then follow the easy-to-use instructions to upload photos. If you’re missing such software, you can simply connect your camera to your computer and use File Explorer to locate the camera device on your computer and copy and paste photo files into a folder on your hard drive.

  • Printing straight from the camera: Digital cameras save photos onto a memory card, and many printers include a slot where you can insert the memory card from the camera and print directly from it without having to first upload pictures. Some cameras also connect directly to printers.

    However, if you want to keep a copy of the photo and clear up space in your camera’s memory, you should upload the photos to your computer or an external storage medium such as a DVD or USB stick even if you can print without uploading.

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