How to Download Photos From a Canon Camera to My Computer

Transfer the photos from your Canon digital camera -- such as the Canon Rebel, Canon EOS 600D or Canon IXUS 70 -- to your Windows computer by using the USB cable you received with the camera. Windows recognizes the camera automatically after you connect it and installs the appropriate drivers automatically. In most cases, you don't need to install the drivers or software from the CD that came with your camera to download the photos.

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Connect the Canon digital camera to the computer by using the USB cable that came with the device. Insert the small end of the cable into the USB port on the camera and the large end into a free USB port on your computer. Windows automatically installs the drivers for the camera.

Windows usually installs the drivers in less than a minute.
Windows usually installs the drivers in less than a minute.
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Click Tap to choose what happens with this device in the upper-right corner of the screen after the drivers are successfully installed. A list of actions displays.

Windows and Canon 600D
Windows and Canon 600D
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Scroll down and click Open device to view files to display the contents of the Canon camera in File Explorer.

To open File Explorer manually, click Take No Action.
To open File Explorer manually, click Take No Action.
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Open the SD folder and then open the DCIM folder. Finally, to view the photos, open the 100CANON folder.

File Explorer
File Explorer
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Select the images you want to transfer to the computer.

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Right-click the image file or one of the selected files and select Copy from the context menu to copy the file(s) to the clipboard.

You can delete images by selecting Delete instead of Copy.
You can delete images by selecting Delete instead of Copy.
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Select a folder on your hard drive, right-click on an empty spot in the right pane and select Paste from the context menu to transfer the photos from the clipboard to the selected folder.

Windows shows an error if you don't have enough free disk space.
Windows shows an error if you don't have enough free disk space.
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