How to use Memories to create stunning slideshows in macOS Sierra

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Memories aren't painful in macOS Sierra.
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Photos are personal, and no one knows this better than Apple, the company behind the acclaimed “Shot on iPhone” ad campaign. With that in mind, macOS Sierra boasts a new “Memories” feature, letting you rediscover favorite and forgotten moments from your library by automatically creating gorgeous slideshows and curated photo collections.

Here’s how to take advantage of this feature when running the latest Mac operating system, which is currently in public beta and will be released this fall.

All alone with my Memories

Start by opening the Photos app, and select the Memories tab on the left-hand side. If this is the first time you’ve clicked on the tab, you’ll be greeted with a welcome screen. Click the Get Started button to proceed, and Photos will begin scanning your pictures and sorting them into folders.

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If you’ve not used Memories before, you’ll have to set it up first.
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Once photos has finished scanning your images, it’ll organize them into Memories based on dates, locations and other criteria.

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Get ready to relive the past. Or, in this case, earlier today.
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Click the specific Memory you’d like to explore, and you’ll be met with a grid view showing all the photos from that time, as well as a map illustrating where the photos were taken, so long as the photo is geotagged.

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Memories makes it easy to explore.
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A slideshow to remember

Creating a Slideshow from a Memory couldn’t be more straightforward. Locate the Play button at the top right, and a dropdown menu will appear. In this, you’ll find the various styles and music options to customize your playbook. A similar option can be found within iOS 10.

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You can customize your playback experience.
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After you’ve chosen all your options, just click the Play Slideshow button at the bottom and sit back to enjoy your fullscreen slideshow. Job done! Even better, you can go back as many times as you want and choose different options to create a completely different result.

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Then just sit back and enjoy!
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