Chapter 6: Getting Connected and Having Fun . . .
Taking Photos with
the Camera App
Most tablets, laptops, and some desktop com-
puters come with built-in cameras, sometimes
called webcams. Their tiny cameras can’t take
high-resolution close-ups of that rare bird in the
neighbor’s tree, but they work fine for their
main purpose: Taking a quick photo to e-mail
to friends or post on Facebook.
To take a photo through your computer’s camera
with the Camera app, follow these steps:
1. From the Start screen, click the Camera tile to
open the app.
2. If the app asks to use your camera and micro-
phone, choose Allow.
As a security precaution, Windows asks permission
to turn on your camera. That helps prevent sneaky
apps from spying on you without your knowing.
After you grant approval, the computer screen
turns into a giant viewfinder, showing you exactly
what the camera sees: your face.
3. Adjust the settings, if desired.
Depending on your type of camera, the Camera’s
App bar offers different icons, as shown in
• Change camera: Meant for laptops and tab-
lets with front- and back-facing cameras,
this button lets you toggle between the two.
• Camera Options: Clicking this icon brings
the pop-up menu similar to the one shown
in the right of Figure 6-4. Here, you can
choose your camera’s resolution and toggle
between different microphones attached to
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