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Friday, September 9, 2016

Disable Windows 10 Photo Automatic Albums

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It’s dumb that:

  1. Windows 10’s default photo viewing app automatically creates albums for you.
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  2. You can’t disable that feature.
  3. Instead, you have to remove the application using PowerShell.
  4. Which means your default photo viewing app becomes something dumb like Paint.

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http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/apps_windows_10-photos/is-there-any-way-to-disable-the-windows-10-photo/ce616a54-7ce0-44e3-8d47-d56589fc3743?page=1

PowerShell command to remove Photos:

Get-AppxPackage *photo* | Remove-AppxPackage

Note: According to some, setting another program (like Paint) as your default photo viewer might disable automatic album generation without removing the app. I didn’t test it, because the only thing I’d use the app for is as a viewer. Not an editor. Just an on-the-fly viewer.

------------ EDIT 1 -------------

It’s possible to restore using the Windows 7 Windows Photo Viewer as the default. The program is still installed in Windows 10, it just doesn’t have its file associations enabled by default. Follow these instructions:

http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/14312-windows-photo-viewer-restore-windows-10-a.html

Note: I haven’t tried the above, but TenForums (and its sister, SevenForums) is reputable.

------------ EDIT 2 -------------

I’ve installed the free (for home use) FastStone Image Viewer, set it as as my default photo viewer, and changed one setting. I’m now happy. I can already see this app will make me more productive, and I’ll likely be donating money to it.

Setting I Changed

The default behavior of FastStone is to open a double-clicked image file in full screen mode. I prefer opening in a window because I often need to view the photos while doing something else.

  1. Open FastStone
  2. Settings (F12) > Viewer
  3. Associated image launches in: Windowed View
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Features

In full screen mode, moving the mouse to the top, bottom, right or left of the screen reveals a specific menu. For instance, at the top is thumbnails and some command buttons.

FastStone has a lot of features, but here are my needs and how FastStone met them.

Double-click an image and view in window.

  1. Search > Default Programs
  2. For Photo viewer, choose FastStone.

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Easily move to next/previous image.

    • In any view, use the arrows to navigate.
    • In windowed view, there are buttons in the tool bar.
    • In any view, bring the mouse toward the screen bottom and arrows will appear/

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Quickly get some image properties.

    • In any view, press “I”.
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    • In full screen view, move cursor to right side.

View as a slide show.

    • In windowed view, click the Slide Show button image
    • In full screen, move mouse to top, bottom or left and find the Slide Show option in the menu.

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References

Here are 4 Best Image Viewers for Windows 10

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