The Photos app in Windows 10 has been rebuilt as a universal app that allows you to work with your photos across your devices. One of the features available is the ability to allow the app to automatically enhance your photos when possible.

The app automatically enhances photos by tweaking things like brightness, contrast, and color, and even removes red eyes or straightens a slanted horizon, if needed. However, you can turn this feature off if you want to.

By default, there is a tile for the Photos app on the Start menu. Click the “Photos” tile to open the app. If you’ve customized the Start menu, the “Photos” tile may not be there. You can also start the “Photos” app by clicking “All apps” at the bottom of the Start menu and clicking on “Photos” in the list of apps.

When the Photos app opens, click the “Settings” button in the lower-left corner of the window.

In the “Viewing and editing” section, under “Automatically enhance my photos”, click the left side of the “On” slider button to turn off the option.


The slider moves to the left and the button becomes white.

To return to the main window in the Photos app, click the back (left) arrow in the upper-left corner of he window.

To close the Photos app, click the “X” button in the upper-right corner of the window.

When the “Automatically enhance my photos” option is on, changes are not saved to your original photo files so you can turn the option on and off anytime and not affect your original photos unless you choose to save the changes.

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