Let it slide


Q: Windows 8 lets me run a slideshow from the My Pictures folder, but is it possible to run a slideshow of pictures contained in my other folders (other than the My Pictures folder) as does Windows 7?

A: In an effort to de-clutter the Windows 8 screens, Microsoft tucked away many of the menu options, but the slideshow option is still available in all Windows 8 folders. To run a slideshow of pictures contained in a Windows 8 folder, click on any picture in that folder to display the Picture Tools tab, and then select the Picture Tools tab, Slide Show. To adjust your slideshow’s speed, shuffle, and loop settings, right-click on the running slideshow to display the pop-up menu pictured below, and make your selections.

As a more powerful option, you might consider using Windows Photo Gallery, which should be preinstalled on your Windows 8 system. (If Windows Photo Gallery is not preinstalled, you can download and install it free at tinyurl.com/d6ggwpb.) Compared with the Slide Show option described above, Windows Photo Gallery offers the following additional capabilities:

Lets you run a slideshow of selected pictures from multiple folders;

  • Provides additional slideshow controls, including the ability to add photo captions, tags, and slide transitions;
  • Provides tools for stitching pictures together to create a panorama image such as a view of a mountain range;
  • Provides tools for merging images such as pasting a person’s face from one photo to another; and
  • Allows you to add themes to create a polished photo album.

To use Windows Photo Gallery, launch the application, and use the left pane to navigate to the folder containing the pictures you want to display as a slideshow. By default, all pictures in the folder will be included in the slideshow, or if you prefer, you can select the specific pictures you want to include by clicking on them. (To select multiple pictures, hold the Ctrl key as you select the pictures you want.)

Use the File, Home, Edit, Find, Create, and View tab tools to adjust the slideshow settings. For example, you can tag photos to make them easier to organize; add captions; and also resize, rotate, and rate each picture. When you are ready, press the F12 key to run the slideshow, or click the Slideshow button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

While the slideshow is running, you can right-click to pop up a menu (pictured below) to adjust the theme, create a self-running movie, or publish the slideshow to YouTube, Facebook, or other popular platforms.


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