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Windows 7: How to manage photos, videos & media

Get more from Windows' new multimedia features

The methods for photo and video importing, editing, and exporting have been all updated in Windows 7. We look at how to get started with these and other entertainment features of Windows 7.

Publish a Photo Gallery online

Your friends and family can view your photos through the Windows Live site. After importing and arranging an album, you can upload the images within Windows Live Photo Gallery.

Within that application, right-click My Pictures, and pick Create new folder. Name the new folder. Drag in pictures that you want to publish online.

Click the name of the folder within the main window near the top to select all of the pictures. Choose Publish, Online album. Sign into your Windows Live account if needed.

Give the album a title and in the pop-up menu choose who can view the pictures. Change the value for 'Upload size' in the pop-up menu if you wish; Medium gives enough detail for web viewing; Large and Original allow ample size for displaying on a big TV, printing, and otherwise downloading. Then click Publish.

After the photos have finished uploading, the program will prompt you with the option to view them. Click View Album to open the page in your web browser.

If you miss that option, click your account name in the upper right corner of Windows Live Photo Gallery, and select View your photos. Copy the link from the web page, and share it with your friends.

If you decide to limit who can see one of your albums, visit that album's web page, and click Shared with: Everyone (public) at the bottom of the page.

Click Edit Permissions on the following page, and uncheck the Everyone (public) box. If you've made friends through the Network area of Windows Live, pick the My Network box instead.

Otherwise, you can add individual email contacts at the bottom. (Press the spacebar to speed up entry of the next address.)

Back in Photo Gallery, you can add more photos to a published group by selecting the new pictures and choosing Publish, [gallery name].
Hold Shift and click the first and last images to select pictures in sequence, or hold down Ctrl and click pictures to group them in any order you like.

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NEXT PAGE: Import photos and videos into Windows Live Movie Maker

  1. We show you how to get more out of Windows 7's new multimedia features
  2. Get Windows Live Essentials
  3. Publish a Photo Gallery online
  4. Import photos and videos into Windows Live Movie Maker
  5. Publish movies to YouTube
  6. Control media streaming on your local network
  7. Activate Windows Media Player lightweight playback mode

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