How To Create And Manage SharePoint Picture Library In SharePoint 2016 Or Online

Today, I am writing about creating a SharePoint Picture library in SharePoint 2016 or online. In this article I will be covering the below points.

  • What is a Picture Library?
  • How to create a Picture Library
  • How to add columns for Picture Library
  • How to add or upload to Picture Library
  • How to delete pics from Library

So let start with the above points step by step; the below screen shots have been taken from SharePoint 2016, but we can follow the same steps for SharePoint online as well..

What is a picture library?

As per TechNet, a picture library allows us to share a collection of digital photos or graphics. With the help of Picture Library we can store pics and share the same with teammates using the share link. While photos can be stored in other types of SharePoint libraries, picture libraries have several advantages. We can edit this picture from a computer, and edit your pictures. We can also easily link to photos in your picture library from elsewhere on your site, such as pages, wikis, and blogs.

How to create a Picture Library

  • To create the picture library all we need to do is login to the site with appropriate permission.
  • Click on gear box of site on the right side page and select Add an App.
  • Once clicked on the same, it will appear with site contents page.
  • Here we need to select or search Picture Library and add the name to create the same.

  • Now click on create button to create the Picture library, wait for some time and we will get the created Library like below.

How to add columns for Picture Library?

  • To add columns for Picture Library, we need to open picture Library and select Library setting from Library Ribbon page on top of the screen.
  • Here we need to select create columns from the bottom of the screen and click on create columns and add the file name type and select create.

How to add or Upload picture Library?

  • Adding or uploading pictures to th created Picture Library is easy, as  we have various ways to add or upload pictures.

    Method 1
    Here we can add the picture using the Upload option on the Picture Library, just select the Upload option and navigate to the folder to the saved location. We can do the same using Open with Explorer in case we have synced the drive with the local system.

    Method 2
    We can upload the images using File ribbon from the top of page, here we need to select the upload option and need to Navigate to the folder in the same way as above. Refer to the below screen shot

    Now on the navigating folder we can add one picture or multiple ones at the same time. 

    Method 3
    We can upload pictures by dragging and dropping them to the Picture Library. We snap a pic while uploading by dragging and dropping.

    After uploading the same pics to Library we will be getting output:

How to delete images from Library?

  • Navigate to the site containing the picture library for which you want to delete pictures.
  • Now select Images one by one or multiples at the same time and click on File ribbon page and click on delete Documents.
  • If you wish to delete one by one we can follow the above method, or select the eclipse button on the selected images and select delete option.

Views for Picture Library

As we know,  the SharePoint Picture library lets you upload and store photos and images that can be used in your site or shared with others. Using different views let you organize and see them in different ways.

By default we can see we will have few views created for the picture library.

  • All Pictures
    All Picture view will show us all pictures in data view as we see in the List library.

  • Thumbnails
    This view will show us the thumbnail of the images.

  • Slides
    This view will show us images as a slider screen, here we can customize the view size and speed to forward to next images and much more

  • How to Edit pictures in Library
    We can edit uploaded picture or image on the Library itself, like we can rename the Name or Title.

  • Now we change the Name, Title and remaining file, see below:

Download pictures from the library

  • Navigate to the site containing the picture library for which we want to download pictures. On the Quick Launch bar, click the name of the library, or click Site Contents and then click the library title.
  • Select a picture which we want to download, so click on the ellipse (this will be visible in all picture view only) next to the Picture name or title.
  • Now we will get many options, we need to select the download option to download the Picture.

  • The file should be downloaded into the selected folder.