General Add or Remove Folder Locations for File Explorer Gallery in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove folder and drive locations to see in your File Explorer Gallery collection for your account in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 version 22H2 KB5030310 Build 22621.2361, Microsoft is introducing Gallery, a new feature in File Explorer designed to make it easy to access your photo collection. The content in Gallery is the same as what you see in the All Photos view in the Photos app. Your most recently taken photos appear at the top of Gallery. This includes photos from your phone if you have OneDrive Camera Roll Backup set up.

Your Gallery collection is shared between Gallery in File Explorer, Pictures library, and the Photos app.

A new Add Phone Photos button in the Command Bar in File Explorer Gallery will help with setting up your PC to be ready to show photos from your phone via OneDrive in Gallery. Clicking this button will open a URL with a OneDrive QR code that you can scan with your phone to get started.

You can choose which folders to see in Gallery. Manage your Gallery by adding or removing folders from locations across your PC. Folders added to Gallery will still be stored in their original locations.


Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove Folder Locations for Gallery Collection in File Explorer
  • Option Two: Add or Remove Folder Locations for Gallery Collection in Pictures Library
  • Option Three: Add or Remove Folder Locations for Gallery Collection in Photos app


EXAMPLE Gallery empty without any folders added

empty_Gallery.png





Option One

Add or Remove Folder Locations for Gallery Collection in File Explorer


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Perform the following steps: (see screenshot below)
  1. Click/tap on Gallery in the navigation pane.
  2. Click/tap on Collection on the command bar.
  3. Click/tap on Manage collection.
Gallery_locations_File_Explorer-1.png

3 Do step 4 (add) or step 5 (remove) below for what you want.

4 Add Folder or Drive Location to Gallery

A) Click/tap on the Add button. (see screenshot below)​

Gallery_locations_File_Explorer-2.png

B) Navigate to and select the folder or drive you want to add, and click/tap on Include folder. (see screenshot below)​

C) Go to step 6 below.​

Gallery_locations_File_Explorer-3.png

5 Remove Folder or Drive Location from Gallery

A) Select the folder or drive you want to remove. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on the Remove button.​

C) Go to step 6 below.​

Gallery_locations_File_Explorer-4.png

6 When finished adding and removing locations, click/tap on OK to apply. (see screenshots below)

Gallery_locations_File_Explorer-5.png
Gallery_locations_File_Explorer-6.png





Option Two

Add or Remove Folder Locations for Gallery Collection in Pictures Library


1 Add and remove folder and drive locations from the Pictures library like in the tutorials below to also add and remove them in your Gallery collection.






Option Three

Add or Remove Folder Locations for Gallery Collection in Photos app



1 Open the Photos app.

3 Click/tap on Folders in the left navigation pane. (see screenshot below)

Gallery_locations_Photos_app-1.png

4 Do step 5 (add) or step 5 (remove) below for what you want.


 5. Add Folder or Drive Location to Gallery

A) Click/tap on Add a folder. (see screenshot below)​

Gallery_locations_Photos_app-2.png

B) Navigate to and select the folder or drive you want to add, and click/tap on Select Folder. (see screenshot below)​

Gallery_locations_Photos_app-3.png


 6. Remove Folder or Drive Location from Gallery

A) Right click on the folder you want to remove, and click/tap on Remove folder. (see screenshots below)​

Gallery_locations_Photos_app-4.png
Gallery_locations_Photos_app-5.png

B) Click/tap on Remove to confirm. (see screenshot below)​

Gallery_locations_Photos_app-6.png


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Thank you.
 

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it doesn't work, moved the folder but after reboot it returned to normal :(
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it doesn't work, moved the folder but after reboot it returned to normal :(

Hello. :alien:

Do you mean that your removed "Pictures" folder was automatically added back?

Pleased provide more details on what doesn't work, and what you are wanting to do.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
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    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
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    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
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    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
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Hello. :alien:

Do you mean that your removed "Pictures" folder was automatically added back?

Pleased provide more details on what doesn't work, and what you are wanting to do.
yes, it automatically added back after restart
 

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  • OS
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yes, it automatically added back after restart
Here too, changes are not permanent....it automatically added back after restart
Tried on 3 different pc's all updated to most recent build of Windows 11
 

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yes, it automatically added back after restart

Here too, changes are not permanent....it automatically added back after restart
Tried on 3 different pc's all updated to most recent build of Windows 11

I tested on build 25967 (Canary), and it's not adding the default folder back so far for me after a restart. Gallery is remaining empty.

It could be a bug in the latest public build, or possible something specific causing it to get added back.

I'll leave my Gallery empty to see if it may add the folder at any point.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
I tested on build 25967 (Canary), and it's not adding the default folder back so far for me after a restart. Gallery is remaining empty.

It could be a bug in the latest public build, or possible something specific causing it to get added back.

I'll leave my Gallery empty to see if it may add the folder at any point.
My systems are all OS build 22621.2361
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win11 pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP ENVY 17-ce1000
    CPU
    i5 10th generation
    Motherboard
    hp
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    hybrid intel/nvidia
    Sound Card
    realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ..
    Screen Resolution
    1920x 1080
    Hard Drives
    intel ssd 1024 gb
My systems are all OS build 22621.2361
I just tested that build on a VM, but Gallery is still remaining empty for me after a restart. Odd. :unsure:

Gallery.jpg
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium

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