Windows Live Photo & Video Blog

Official blog for the Windows Live Digital Memories Experience team

March, 2008

  • Windows Live Photo & Video Blog

    Share some photo love, send a photo email!

    Windows Live Photo Gallery helps you easily send your favorite photos via email.  To do this simply select the photos you want to send to your family or friends and click the E-mail button on the Photo Gallery command bar.  When you do this Photo Gallery will use the default email program to create an email message with your photos attached.  This is important to know if you, like many people, have more than one program that they use to send email (these programs are referred to as e-mail clients).  Some common clients are Windows Live Mail, Outlook and Outlook Express.  In order to ensure that your photos are sent with the e-mail client you want you will have to make sure that e-mail client is the default program.

    Want better looking photo emails than just plain attachments?  Use Windows Live Mail!

    When you use Windows Live Mail you can add nice effects to your mail and your photos.  You get layout and picture frame options and the photos are sent in the message and not as an attachment.  So if Windows Live Mail isn't already your default mail client, you can set it up to be:

    1. In Windows Live Mail, open the options dialog.  To do this click on the Show Menu button and choose “Show all menus.”  Once you can see all menus you can select the “Tools” menu and choose “Options.” 

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    2. In the Options dialog click the “General” tab and click the “Make Default” button and click “OK.”MakeLiveMailDefault

    That’s it!  You are ready for a great photo mail experience.

    What if you want to use Outlook?

    You can use Outlook if you would prefer.  To make Outlook your default email client you need to open the “Options” dialog from the “Tools” menu.  In the “Other” tab you can check the box that says “Make Outlook the default program for E-mail, Contacts and Calendar.”  Please note, sending photos via Outlook will cause the photos to be sent as an attachment.

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    What if you don’t have an e-mail client and check your mail using Internet Explorer or another web browser?

    Currently, the e-mail button will not work for you.  However, if you publish your photos to a Windows Live Space you can use “Send a link” to send a photo mail via your Windows Live account.

    We hope you have a great photo sharing experience.  Please let us know if you have questions or other feedback.

    - Troy Barnes (SDET)

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    How to clear tag suggestions

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    I'm a pretty hardcore tag'er.  I tag all my photos & videos which helps me quickly find them later when I want to show someone a specific file in my growing collection.  Of course tagging helps when I upload my photos online too, like to FlickrWindows Live Photo Gallery makes is very, very easy to tag your items but sometimes mistypes happen. 

    Well, we've heard about some users occasionally experiencing a pesky little problem with the auto-suggest tag feature in the Info Pane.  Here's the setup... you're tagging some photos and you mistype a tag (e.g., you meant to type "Mom", but instead you typed "Nom" or something like that).  You deleted the bogus tag from the Tag list in the navigation tree (left pane in the program), but this bogus tag still shows up in this suggested list of tags in the Info Pane's tag edit box.  So, whenever you go to tag a photo the auto-suggest list shows "Nom" with the other recently used tags.  Ack!

    While we don't have a one-click way to remove these yet, there is a manual way to do it.  First, this is a screenshot showing the auto-suggested tags when I clicked in the Tag edit box for this photo.  I want to get rid of the "t" suggested tag.

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    The workaround requires you open up the registry so the standard "beware" clause should be injected here...

    Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

    Ok, now that is out of the way here's what you can do:

    1. Close Windows Live Photo Gallery.
    2. Go to Start | Run | type regedit and hit Enter. (On Vista you'll be prompted by the User Account Control dialog if you aren't logged in as the local administrator.)
    3. In the Registry Editor browse to this location: HKEY_CURRENT_USERS\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Photo Gallery\Library\PreviewPane\LabelAssignment\MRU
    4. In the right pane you should see the list of tags that show up in the auto-suggest list.  You can delete the one(s) you don't want.
    5. When you're finished, close Registry Editor and open Photo Gallery.

    Here's a visual of Registry Editor browsed to the location I mentioned above:

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    Keep in mind, doing this manual workaround does not delete actual Tags from files or the Photo Gallery database.  So, even if you remove all the items in this list from this registry location, your actual tags remain untouched.  This only clears the auto-suggest list.

    Hope this helps!  Happy tagging.

    - Michael Palermiti (Program Manager)

  • Windows Live Photo & Video Blog

    For those multi-PC users, check out the new Windows Live FolderShare

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    First of all, we realize it has been a little while since we've posted anything here.  It hasn't been without good reason, though.  After the release of the Windows Live Suite a few months ago we've brainstorming like crazy and coming up with what we're confident will be an awesome next wave of products and services.  That's about all we can say for now.  Stay tuned! 

    Request: If there are any topics you'd like us to write about on this blog, shoot us an email and let us know!  We're always on the lookout for interesting topics or how-to's that our customers might find useful.

    On that note, I do have some Windows Live news to share...

    It's been almost 2 1/2 years since FolderShare was acquired by Microsoft.  Having been a part of the original FolderShare team, I'm really excited to see this service get a long overdue update.  For those of you that aren’t familiar with the service, FolderShare is a lightweight client (Windows & Mac) and a web service.  With the client running on your computers, you are able to keep folders synchronized, access your files over the internet, and even share folders with friends.  No more emailing files to yourself or lugging around USB flash drives.  By keeping your folders (photos) synchronized between computers, many people find it is a great backup solution.  It’s important to note, that due to the fact that everything is synchronized versioning does not exist with FolderShare.  So I recommend you still use a traditional backup method in addition to FolderShare.

    Congrats to the FolderShare team on an awesome release!  Can't wait to see what in store for the service over the next year.

    - Ryan Hoge (Product Planner)

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