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Create a picture library

A picture library enables you to share a collection of digital pictures or graphics. You can link to pictures in your library from elsewhere on your site, such as from wikis, and blogs.

Although pictures can be stored in other types of SharePoint libraries, picture libraries have several advantages. For example, from a picture library you can view pictures in a slide show, download pictures to your computer, and edit pictures with graphics programs that are compatible with Windows SharePoint Services.

Consider creating a picture library if your team reuses lots of graphics, such as logos and corporate images, or if you want to store pictures of team events or product launches.

  1. Click View All Site Content, and then click Create on the All Site Content page.

    Tip: In most cases, you can use the Site Actions menu Button image instead to complete this step.

  1. Under Libraries, click Picture Library. In the Name box, type a name for the library. The library name is required.

    The name appears at the top of the library page, becomes part of the address for the library page, and appears in navigational elements that help users to find and open the library.

    1. In the Description box, type a description of the purpose of the library. The description is optional.

      The description appears at the top of the library page, underneath the name of the library. If you plan to enable the library to receive content by e-mail, you can add the e-mail address of the library to its description, so that people can easily find it.

  2. To add a link to this library on the Quick Launch, verify that Yes is selected in the Navigation section.

  3. If an Incoming E-mail section appears, your administrator has enabled your site to receive content by e-mail. If you want people to add files to the library by sending them as attachments to e-mail messages, click Yes. Then, in the E-mail address box, type the first part of the address that you want people to use for the library.

  4. To create a version each time a file is checked into the library, in the Picture Version History section, click Yes.

  5. Click Create.

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