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9 Best Tips and Tricks to Use Microsoft Photos Like a Pro

by Parth Shah
Best Tips and Tricks to Use Microsoft Photos Like a Pro

With each iteration of Windows 10, Microsoft continued to update the default gallery app on the OS – Microsoft Photos. The company also added new features to the Microsoft Photos app with regular updates via the Microsoft Store. At this point, the Microsoft Photos app is quite capable of nifty photo editing tricks. Read along to learn about some of the best Microsoft Photos tips to use it like a pro.

Microsoft Photos Tips for Windows 10

Don’t go by the name photos in the app. The default gallery app on Windows 10 can handle any kind of video and it has a neat video editor built-in as well. Let’s start the list with one of the best Microsoft Photos tips – the OneDrive integration.

1. Enable OneDrive Photos

OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service, and it nicely integrates with the Microsoft Photos app. If you are invested in the Microsoft 365 platform, it’s a no-brainer for you as all the Microsoft 365 plans come with 1TB of OneDrive storage. Compared to Google Photos, it makes more sense for Windows users to store photos on OneDrive.

You can enable the OneDrive integration in the app and view all the uploaded photos and videos in a single place.

1. Open the Microsoft Photos app on a Windows computer.

2. Click on the three-dot menu at the top and go to Settings.

3. Enable Show my cloud-only content from OneDrive toggle and within a few minutes, you will see photos and videos from the OneDrive app in the Microsoft Photos app.

display photos from onedrive

Microsoft Photos app displays all the OneDrive photos gallery with a small cloud icon over the media.

2. Enable People Toggle

Similar to Google Photos and Apple Photos app, the Microsoft Photos app also has facial grouping technology. It allows the app to find people in your photos and videos.

Don’t worry about privacy though. All the facial grouping data will be stored on your device.

1. Open Microsoft Photos and go to Settings.

2. Scroll down to Viewing and editing and enable People toggle.

enable people toggle

Go back to Microsoft Photos home and you will see a progress bar on the search bar at the top. The app is currently scanning through your photos and trying to identify people in them.

people search in microsoft photos

At any point, you can go back to Settings and disable toggle. Microsoft will delete the data from the device.

3. Add Local Folders

Microsoft Photos allows you to add local folders in the mix as well. From the Settings menu, you can guide the app to look for local folders stored in the File Manager app on Windows 10.

add local folders in microsoft photos

4. Edit Photos Like a Pro

The Photos app does come with several photo editing capabilities. It is good enough to add some filters, make adjustments to image lighting, change aspect ratio, or crop the photo.

edit photos in microsoft photos

While editing photos, you can also draw on them and add 3D effects such as rain, and more.

5. Create Beautiful Videos

You can select a bunch of photos in the Microsoft Photos app and click on the New video menu at the top.

create video on microsoft photos

Users can create amazing videos using music, animations, and more right in the app. Neat, isn’t it?

6. Edit Videos

Do you know Microsoft has a powerful video editor built-in with the Microsoft Photos app? You can easily import a video into the app and start editing videos.

The added functions include different text styles, custom background music, different motion styles, filters, and more. It’s more than enough for normal consumers out there.

edit videos in microsoft photos

Professionals should stick to their current setup with Adobe Premiere Pro or any other similar software to edit videos.

7. Create Albums

While you can always create photos albums using OneDrive web, the whole experience and implementation are much better in Microsoft Photos.

create album in microsoft photos

Select a bunch of similar photos in the Microsoft Photos app and select Add to at the top. Select New Album from the context menu. Give it a relevant name and the folder will sync with your OneDrive account.

8. Play with Dark Theme

Are you spending most of your time in Microsoft Photos at night? You can enable the Dark theme from the Settings menu and give some rest to your eyes and avoid putting too much strain.

dark mode in microsoft photos

9. Export Smooth Videos

We are sure you are going to adore the default video editing capabilities in the Microsoft Photos app.

After making an awesome video in the Photos app, if you are having problems with the video export, you need to make a small tweak in the settings.

video encoding in microsoft photos

Open Microsoft Photos Settings > Video and enable Use hardware-accelerated video encoding when available option.

Wrap Up: Master Microsoft Photos App on Windows

Microsoft has nailed it with the default gallery app on Windows 10. OneDrive integration is spot-on. We hope to see a similar Microsoft Photos app for Android and iOS in near future. OneDrive Photos tab works fine but a native OneDrive-powered gallery app can add more value to the end-users.

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