How to Copy Photos to a CD or DVD

1. Open your Pictures folder

2. Select the photos and folders you want to copy by holding down the Ctrl key and left clicking their icons. Or, to select them all, hold down Ctrl key and press letter A key.

3. Left click the Share tab from the Ribbon along the top, and left click the Burn to Disc icon.

4. Windows will ask you to insert a writable disc into your drive.

5. Insert a blank CD or DVD into your disc drive’s tray and push the tray shut.

(If you’re copying a lot of files, use a blank DVD because DVDs can store over six times as much information as a CD. If you’re giving away a few photos to a friend, use a blank CD instead because blank CDs cost less.)

6. Choose a short title for your new disc.

Windows will suggest today’s date as a title, but if you want something else, keep it short but descriptive.

7. Windows offers two options for creating the disc:

a) Like a USB Flash Drive: Select this option when you only intend other computers to read the disc. Windows treats the disc like a folder, letting you copy additional photos to the disc later. It’s a good choice when you’re saving only a few pictures because you can add more to the disc later.

b) With a CD/DVD Player: Select this option to create discs that play on all computers and on CD/DVD players attached to TVs. After you write to the disc, it’s sealed off so you can’t write to it any more.

Select the second option: With a CD/DVD Player

8. Left click Next and Windows will begin copying your selected photos to a temporary folder called “Files Ready to be Written to the Disc”.

9. At the top of the window, left click on the “Manage” tab under the green “Drive Tools” label and then left click just below on “Finish burning”.

10. The Burn to Disc box will open – select “Close the wizard after the files have been burned” and left click on the Next button.

11. Eventually you will get the message “You have successfully burned your files to the disc” and you can left click the Finish button and remove the disc. Don’t forget to label it appropriately!