How to Transfer Photos From a Camera to a PC

Photos capture our most precious memories in a permanent, portable way. But, unless photographs are printed or uploaded to a computer, they are not easily shared or stored. Digital cameras offer the ability to take a nearly unlimited amount of pictures, but the images must be transferred to a computer or external hard drive regularly to free space on memory cards. Transferring photos is an easy task with the USB cord that came in the box with your camera.

...
Transferring pictures from a camera to a PC is easy with the right USB cord.

Step

Locate the USB output port on your camera. It is small, square and likely located on either the side of the camera or near the battery. It is sometimes covered with a plastic flap. Sometimes it is marked with the USB symbol.

Step

Plug the small end of the USB cord into the camera's USB port.

Step

Plug the large end of the USB cord into one of your PC's USB ports. Your computer will then use plug and play technology to install the necessary drivers for you to see your pictures. You will see a message near your system clock declaring "your device is ready to use" when your camera is installed.

Step

Click "Start" and then "Computer" or "My Computer." You should see a list of available drives on your computer. Look for the one with the brand name of your camera.

Step

Double-click the drive that appears from your camera. It is likely marked as "F:" or "G:" and followed by your camera's brand name.

Step

Click the folder that says "DCIM." You should then see your pictures. If not, you will see multiple folders, each of which contain some of your pictures.

Step

Press "Ctrl + A." This will select all of the pictures in the DCIM folder.

Step

Click "Ctrl+C." This will copy your pictures to the clipboard.

Step

Navigate to the folder where you want to store your pictures. To find your "My Pictures" folder, close the current window, click "Start," then "My Documents" and "My Pictures."

Step

Press "Ctrl+V." This will paste your pictures into the folder you selected. They are now transferred to your PC.