By using the Photos app, available from the Start screen, you can browse the Pictures library on your computer and pictures you’ve stored on the Internet in places such as SkyDrive, Facebook, and Flickr. You can also access pictures stored on connected devices.When you open the Photos app, what you see depends on your presence on the Internet,
how you’ve previously set up the Photos app, and what online accounts you’ve already associated with your Windows 8 computer. For example, if you’ve used SkyDrive and have pictures stored there, you’ll see and have access to your SkyDrive folder. If you’ve associated your Windows 8–based computer with your Facebook account in any app, you’ll see your Facebook photos here, too. However, you might only see pictures from your Pictures library, or you might be prompted to tell Windows where your pictures are stored.When you’re in the Photos app, you can use your mouse’s wheel to scroll through the photo folders (or the photos in a folder you’ve opened). Scrolling with a mouse wheel moves the images and folders left and right. You can also use the scroll bar that appears at the bottom of the Photos app, or you can use your finger to navigate photo folders by swiping and flicking using touch gestures. You must click or tap a folder to manage your photos and to view them. When you enter a folder, you’re in Preview mode.
After you’ve opened a folder, whether it’s the Pictures library, SkyDrive, Facebook, or another library, you can view and manage the photos available in it. For now, however, click or tap any photo in any folder to view it in fullscreen mode. Note the back arrow that appears to help you navigate the app. As you continue to use the app, you’ll see more back and forward options. Finally, position your mouse near the bottom-right corner of the screen. There you’ll find a + and – sign to enable you to zoom in and out.
Troubleshooting : If you don’t see any icons on the screen, move the mouse or tap the
screen one time. The icons disappear after a second or two when they aren’t needed.
If you don’t yet have any photos on your computer, you can copy the files provided in the Practice Files folder for this book. If you’d like to add your own pictures, you can do so by placing your pictures in the Pictures library. Although there are several ways to do this, the easiest is to browse to the files to include (whether they are on a CD or DVD, on a network drive, or on a USB key or Secure Digital [SD] card), select the desired files, copy those files, and then paste them into the Pictures folder.
After you have photos in your Pictures library and can view them, you’ll find that Photos also offers charms, just like all other apps. Using touch gestures, you can swipe upward from the bottom to view the charms; otherwise, right-click with the mouse. The charms you see depend on which folder you’re in or what picture you’re viewing. For example, right-clicking a photo in the Facebook folder while it’s in full screen mode offers the option to view the photo on Facebook, but right-clicking a photo in the Pictures library does not.