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How to Digital Camera Photos to Your Windows 8 Tablet

By Andy Rathbone

Nobody likes viewing photos on a camera’s tiny screen. Thankfully, Windows 8 makes it easy to import your camera’s photos onto your tablet, where they shine on the big screen. And you can do it all from the Start screen, making it an easy task to perform while in the field.

Best of all, you needn’t install any of the software that came with the camera; Windows handles it all.

To import your camera’s photos into your tablet, follow these steps:

1Plug the camera’s cable into your computer.

Plug the small end of your camera’s cable into your camera. The cable’s larger end plugs into your tablet’s USB port, usually found on the tablet’s side.

2Turn on your camera and wait for Windows 8 to recognize it.

Wait for a little announcement in your computer screen’s top-right corner. The announcement, called a toast in some manuals, lists your camera’s name and asks you to Tap to Choose What Happens with This Device.

Tap the announcement; then move to the next step. (If the announcement disappears before you can tap it, turn off your camera, wait a second and then turn it on again; the announcement reappears.)

3Choose how to import your photos.

The next announcement offers three options on how to handle your newly recognized digital camera:

Import Photos and Videos: This is the easiest method. Choose it to import your photos with the Start screen’s Photos app; then move to Step 4.

Open Device to View Files: If you prefer to import your files from the desktop, choose this option. The desktop offers more control, but works better with a mouse and keyboard than your fingers. This option fetches File Explorer, where you can manually copy the photos from the camera to a folder of your choosing.

Take No Action: This option simply cancels the importing process, which is handy if you decide to postpone importing your photos.

After you chose an option, Windows remembers it, automatically taking the same route the next time you plug in your camera.

4When the Photos app appears, choose your options; then click or tap the Import button to import your camera’s photos and videos.

The Start screen’s Photos app tries to keep things simple. It offers to import all your camera’s photos and videos into a folder named after the current date. To make a quick-and-easy transfer, tap the Import button to copy the photos onto your tablet.

But if you don’t want to import every photo, or you want to change the name of the folder, you can change those options:

Pictures: The Photos app selects all of your camera’s photos and videos for importing. To leave behind any blurry ones, tap the ones you don’t want. Want just a few photos? Tap the words Clear Selection from the screen’s top-right corner to deselect all of them. Then tap the photos you want to import.

Folder name: To change the incoming folder’s name, tap the folder’s current name in the white strip along the screen’s bottom. Then type a different name for the incoming folder.

When you tap the Import button, the Photos app imports your camera’s photos and videos. When the Photos app announces that it’s finished importing the photos, click the announcement box’s Open Album button to see your photos.