by Barry Dysert
(last updated February 19, 2018)
It is not unusual in this era of digital photographs to collect, over time, a large number of pictures. For this reason, you may want to move your Pictures library to a place other than the default location. This is a good idea, particularly if you are moving it to location with more space or to a faster drive.
Since the Pictures library is just a folder, you can easily move files into it and create subfolders within it. Unlike a regular folder (a library is special; it is considered a system folder) if you want to relocate it to another location you need to do so a little differently.
As an example, let's say you want to move your Pictures folder to "D:\Pictures." To do so, follow these steps:
Figure 1. Changing the location of the Pictures folder.
Note that if you ever want to move the Pictures folder back to the default location of "C:\Users\<user>", you can go through the same procedure, but click the Restore Default button on the Location tab of the dialog box and everything will be moved back.
This tip (12921) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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