How to use Filmstrip with the Photos app in Windows 11



The Windows 11 Photos app received a recent update that introduced a new Filmstrip feature. It showcases thumbnails of other photos from the same folder when viewing an image, aiding the user in swiftly previewing and comparing images. The feature can be turned on and off using the ‘F’ key or an on-screen button.

This article explains how to use the Filmstrip feature with the Photos app in Windows 11.

The Microsoft Photos app is a built-in image viewer and editor that allows users to view, edit, and organize their photos and images. You can include and display your photos stored on OneDrive within the app.

You can use the Photos app to replace an image background, remove an image background, import photos and videos, show iCloud in the app, change mouse wheel behavior, and more.

A recent update added a Filmstrip feature that displays thumbnails at the bottom of each photo, designed to enable a quick preview of other photos in the same folder and allow you to select multiple photos for comparison and review easily.

By default, Filmstrip is turned off when opening a photo, but you can turn it on by pressing the “F” key or clicking the icon in the bottom left corner.

Using the Filmstrip feature with the Photos app in Windows 11 can be very beneficial for quickly previewing and comparing other photos in the same folder. It is a great way to navigate many photos and find the one you want quickly.

Overall, Filmstrip is a useful tool for anyone who frequently works with many photos and wants to streamline their workflow.

Use Filmstrip with the Photos app

As mentioned above, the Photos app now has a ‘Filmstrip’ feature that lets you quickly preview and compare other photos in the same folder.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the Photos app.

Then, open a photo or video from a folder. Next, click the ‘Show Filmstrip’ toggle button at the bottom left of the window or press the ‘F‘ key to display the filmstrip feature.

Photos app filmstrip buton

With ‘Filmstrip‘ turned on, you should see a preview of images at the bottom.

To hide ‘Filmstrip,’ toggle the button again.

To enable the best viewing experience and improve usability, the Filmstrip is moved below the photo, with the thumbnails, and a larger scrollbar at the bottom so it’s easier to navigate and select the photo you’re looking for.

That should do it!




This post showed you how to show or hide ‘Filmstrip’ in the Photos app. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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