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How to Import Photos from Your Desktop to a Windows 8 Tablet

Taken a lot of photos on a multiday trip? Then importing them all might warrant a trip to your Windows 8 tablet’s Desktop app. Whereas the Start screen drops all your photos into one folder, the desktop can automatically separate your photos by shooting session, placing each session of photos into a differently named folder.

To import your photos from the desktop, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Desktop app from the Start screen. Then connect your camera through your tablet’s USB port and turn on your camera. Then tap the File Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. When File Explorer appears, tap Computer in the Navigation pane along File Explorer’s right edge.

  3. When File Explorer lists all of your tablet’s storage areas, find your camera listed in the Portable Devices section. Right-click your camera’s icon and choose Import Photos and Videos.

Windows then offers you an advanced option called Review, Organize, and Group Items to Import. As you click the Next button within each window, the option walks you through sorting your photos into different groups, sorted by the time or date you shot them.

When you’re done, you’ve separated photos from different sessions into differently named folders, making them much easier to locate later. It’s time-consuming and difficult to do with fingers, but it keeps your photo shoots much more organized — and easier to locate down the road.

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