Ways to Search for Digital Photos in Your Computer

Digital Photos

You might have stored hundreds, or even thousands, of DigitalFrame on your computer. The problem is, you have a hard time looking for a specific picture since you weren’t able to organize them properly.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can search for all of your digital photos on your computer. The following are some of them:

Via Windows’ Photo Gallery

Before you begin, you should keep in mind that this only works for Windows 7 and older versions. Windows 8 and above have a more advanced feature for searching files and folders with ease. To start, simply follow these steps:

Open your computer’s photo gallery by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs, then choosing the Windows Photo Gallery option.

In the gallery, click Pictures so you can access only the photos and view them via thumbnails. You can also enlarge them for better viewing.

Click on the thumbnail of a photo that you think you’re looking for. If it’s not the picture you want, then click “Back to gallery” so you will go back to thumbnail view.

Via Window’s Search Tool

Alternatively, you can also use the built-in search tool in Windows. Simply follow these steps:

Click the Start button, look for the Search option, and click on it.

After that, specify what you’re looking for by clicking the “All files and folders” option. Do take note, however, that this will work a lot faster if you have named your folders and images.

After clicking that option, click the arrow in the “Look in” section. This will open a dropdown menu. Simply choose the My Pictures folder.

From there, you simply have to input the parameters for searching. Enter the name of your images in either of the empty fields. As mentioned, you’ll be able to find them easily if you named the folder which contains your images.

Via a Smart Folder

The first two methods are specific for the Windows operating system, so they won’t work if you have a Mac. Fortunately, we have covered that as well. Here’s how:

Click the Finder icon which you can see on your dock to open the Finder window.

After that, open a new smart folder by clicking File > New Smart Folder.

In your new smart folder, click on the “+” icon which you can find on the top right portion. This will open a number of search options.

The first option will be Kind while the second option is Any. Click on the Any option then choose Image. You will then find a lot of thumbnails showing all the images stored in your Mac.

You can also specify your search by timelines. Simply click the Kind option to open a dropdown menu then choose the “Created date” option. You will then have the option to search for images within a specific date or a range of dates.

Once you’re done, you can then click Save for future reference.


Once you have stored thousands of images on your computer, looking for them can be quite a hassle, especially if you haven’t organized them in folders. Fortunately, the abovementioned methods will surely make the entire process quicker and easier.

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