Elderly Computer Users: How do you Move and Store Pictures on your Computer?


So you just got a new digital camera from your children; welcome to the digital age!  I think you’ll find taking pictures is pretty much the same, with the exception that you don’t need to visit Rite Aid one hour photo to get your pictures developed.  Since the photos are digital, no development is required; however, in order for them to be truly useful, you need to transfer them to your computer for viewing and sharing.

In this post I’ll talk about moving and storing pictures on your computer.  You’ll be taking a lot of pictures, so if you don’t have a good system to store your pictures, things can quickly get out of hand.

Moving and Storing Pictures on Your Computer

Before we get into the mechanics of moving pictures to your computer, let’s talk about how to store them.  This is pretty relevant, regardless of where the pictures come from, such as a camera or email.  If you want to save the images, you’ll need to know where to store them.  I like to think of each picture as a document; each is saved individually in separate files on your computer.

How Documents are Stored on your Computer

On a computer, each document, such as a word processing letter or a photograph, is stored in what is called a file.  To keep everything organized, files are stored in folders.  Much like in real life, where folders help you organize slips of paper, computer folders allow you to organize files.

There are some special folders on your computer, which are really easy to find, such as Documents and Pictures.  To locate where your pictures are stored:

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Hover over the Pictures menu item and click.

Recommended way to Store Images on your Computer

We recommend that you store all your photos in your Pictures folders.  Each time you transfer pictures from your camera they will get added to a new folder.  We like to think of the folders as rolls of film.  Since we use the windows photo importer, the folders are automatically created and named for us by date.  There are several advantages to this method:

  1. Since the folders are named by date created, they naturally fall into chronological order.
  2. Since the images from each session are contained within a folder, you don’t have to worry about duplicate file names and accidentally overwriting other pictures.
  3. When we use built-in tools from Windows, this happens automatically!  As you see below, when we move pictures to your computer, the tool we’ll use will automatically create a newly numbered folder each time you transfer your pictures.

Now our pictures are roughly organized by time and event, much like a roll of film.

We think this keeps things simple.  We aren’t really worrying about cataloguing photos, that will come later.  The goal is to just make sure  we are consistently storing our photos in the same location and place on the hard drive so that is easy to find them.  Also, by storing our picture in the Pictures folder we make it easy for backup software to find them and to automatically back them up.

Pictures Folders Organized By Date Pictures Folders Organized By Date

Moving Pictures to your Computer

Moving pictures to your computer can be confusing because there are so may ways to initiate the process, but it all boils down to moving a photo (file) from one folder to another.  Whether you are using a camera, receiving pictures in an attachment, or viewing them on the internet, the trick is to save the image and to remember where you saved it!  We make it easy.


Before we start importing photos, let’s do some preparation.   Make sure:

  • your camera is fully charged (You don’t want to lose power half-way through the process.  You could lose photos.)   and turned off.
  • your computer is on.
  • you have your camera’s USB cable handy.  We’ll use this to connect your camera to the computer.  Read this USB Cable Jargon Buster to learn more about USB cables.

Let’s get started!

Follow these steps to import pictures:

1.  Plug the USB cable into your camera.

Mini USB Cable Mini USB Cable

2. Plug the other end of the USB cable into your computer.

3. Once you turn you camera on,  set the camera in PC or equivalent mode (see your camera’s user manual).  Once you do this, Windows displays the AutoPlay window (see below).  Click on the Import pictures and videos option to start importing photos:

Import Pictures From Your Camera Import Pictures From Your Camera


4.  If you wish, you can tag your photos.  Tags make it easy to search for photos later.  If all your photos are from a specific event, such as your grandson’s birthday party, then enter a tag; otherwise, I would suggest waiting until we catalogue your photos (see the next blog article).

Tag Your Photos Tag Your Photos


5.  Once you are done with a tag, click Import to begin transferring your photos from your camera.

Photos Importing from Camera Photos Importing from Camera

6.  I recommend clicking on the Erase after importing option.  Otherwise, the pictures remain on your camera, take up room, and will get re-imported as duplicate photos the next time you import photos.

7.  Once your photos are imported, the Windows Live Photo Gallery automatically starts.  This is the tool we’ll use to catalog our pictures.  It is pretty fun tool to use.  We devote an entire blog post to this free and easy to use application.

Use Windows Live Photo Gallery to Catalog Your Pictures Use Windows Live Photo Gallery to Catalog Your Pictures


  • Store your photos in the Pictures library.  This way they are easy to find by you and your backup program.
  • Use the Windows Import Pictures and Video tool to move pictures from your camera to your computer.  It will automatically create folders and tag photos.
  • Remember to plug your camera into the computer using your USB cable.
  • Set your camera to “PC Mode” and turn it on.
  • If the AutoPlay window or Import Pictures and Video tool don’t display, make sure your USB cable is plugged in.


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