Organize and find photos in OneDrive

Organize and find photos in OneDrive

After you upload photos, OneDrive helps you organize and find your photos with features such as photo search, tags, and albums.

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To help you find photos, the date appears over the scroll bar as you scroll up and down your photos:

Scroll bar date overlay

Search photos

You can use the Search photos command to not only scan photo tags and metadata, but also extract and search text shown in photos. It now can also recognize objects in a photo, as another way to find the picture you want.

  1. On the OneDrive website, select Photos.

  2. Type something in the search box - a name, a place, or a date.

    Photo search.

Tip: OneDrive cannot upload photos optimized for iCloud. To disable optimization on your iOS device, tap Settings > iCloud > Photos and uncheck Optimize Storage.

Edit or remove a tag

OneDrive automatically creates tags for things it recognizes. Sometimes it makes mistakes, but you can remove or edit the tags for a photo.

  1. Select the photo.

  2. Select Edit tags.

  3. Type a new tag or select the x next to a tag to remove it. (You edit tags by adding or removing them.)

    OneDrive Edit Tags.

Automatic album creation

OneDrive can automatically create an album from any pictures or videos you take that day or weekend, and notify you when it's ready.

Automatic albums are sent only with you, but contain a sharing link so anyone you send the email to will also have access to that album.

To stop OneDrive from automatically creating albums, go to the Photos settings page on the OneDrive website and turn off the Create albums automatically when I upload photos setting. (To get to photos settings from the OneDrive home page, click Settings > Options > Photos.)

Create your own album

You can organize your photos into an album that you can share with friends or family.

  1. On the OneDrive website, select Photos.

  2. Select Albums.

  3. Select New album and type a name for the album.

  4. Select photos you want to add to the album and then click Add album.

    Screenshot of creating an album in OneDrive

Tip: You can create albums, and add or remove photos from albums, on your mobile device, too.

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Need more help?

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See more support pages for OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.
For the OneDrive mobile app, see Troubleshoot OneDrive mobile app problems.

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If you still need help, shake your mobile device while you're in the OneDrive app or email the OneDrive support team. To contact One Drive for Business support from your PC or Mac, open the activity center, select More > Send feedback > I don't like something.

One Drive for Business Admins can also view the OneDrive for Business Tech Community, Help for OneDrive for Business Admins, or contact Office 365 for business support.

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Got feedback?
OneDrive UserVoice is your place to suggest the features you’d like to see us add to OneDrive. While we can’t guarantee any specific features or timelines, we will respond to every suggestion that gets at least 500 votes.

Go to the OneDrive UserVoice.

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