How to Move Pictures from a Memory Card to a Laptop

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You've taken great pictures on your digital camera, and now you want to save them on your laptop. But how do you get the pictures from your camera's memory card to the Pictures file on your laptop? With these easy directions, you'll be moving pictures from your memory card to your laptop like an old pro in no time.

  1. Remove the memory card from your camera.
  2. Insert the memory card into your laptop's PC card slot. If your laptop doesn't have a PC card slot, put the memory card into an external memory card reader, which you can plug into your computer. Most cameras come with a USB cable to connect them with a computer. You can move pictures from your camera's memory card to your laptop via the USB cable. This will be a bit slower than using a memory card reader [source: Northrup]. If you decide to use the USB cable you can leave your memory card in your camera. Your computer will recognize the memory card and the files on it [source:].
  3. Locate the destination folder where you want to store your pictures, in your laptop. This could be the My Pictures file or the Windows Live Photo Gallery.
  4. Open the destination folder of your choice [source:]. A message will pop up saying that the device is connected, and asking what you want Windows to do [source: Northrup].
  5. Select Import pictures to my computer from the choices offered.
  6. Select the pictures you want to transfer. Make sure the box under each picture you want to transfer has a check mark in it [source: Northrup].
  7. Name your pictures, when prompted to do so. Label them in some identifiable way, so you'll be able to find them when you want to look at them again [source: Microsoft].

You can transfer your pictures manually by dragging and dropping the image files in the PC card's folder to your computer's folder that you opened. Simply click on the picture you want to transfer and, while holding down the mouse button, move it and the mouse pointer to the folder you'd like to save it in [source:].