How to put pictures on a disc from the computer

Updated February 21, 2017

Copying or transferring digital pictures from a computer to a media disc is a convenient way to create a portable slideshow. Burning images on a CD-ROM or DVD provides compact storage while freeing up valuable space on a computer hard drive. Digital images consume vast amounts of memory that could be put to use running other applications if the pictures were burnt to external storage media. Computers equipped with a CD or DVD burner should already be installed with the software necessary to put pictures on a disc.

Place a blank, recordable disc in the computer's media tray and insert the disc into the computer.

Open the drive for the device that operates the CD or DVD burner by double-clicking. On most systems, this will be the drive labelled D:.

Open the folder containing the pictures to be copied to the disc. Folders of digital images are most often stored in a larger folder labelled My Pictures.

Press and hold the Control (CTRL) key and use the left mouse button to click and highlight each picture to be copied to the disc. Holding the CTRL key enables multiple pictures to be selected at once.

Release the CTRL key and press the right mouse button to reveal a drop-down menu. Click on "Copy" from this menu.

Click on the drive for the media burner device to display it on the monitor.

Click the right mouse button and select "Paste." Copies of the digital photos will be pasted into a folder for burning to disc.

Click the button on the left-hand side of the screen that reads, "Write these Files to CD" (or DVD). If the button is not displayed, simply click the right-hand mouse button and choose the "Write Files" option.

Click "OK" to begin burning copies of the selected photos to a CD or DVD.


Do not remove the disc until a message appears on the monitor that the picture files have finished copying to the disc.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with CD-ROM or DVD burner
  • Digital pictures
  • Blank, recordable media discs
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About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.