Working with pictures in Windows Vista

Printing Pictures
You can print any picture, or group of pictures, right from the Explorer bar. First, get to the folder that contains the pictures you want to print and perform the steps that follow.

Printing Pictures from a Folder Steps:

1. Open your Pictures folder or navigate to the folder that contains the pictures you want to print.

2. Select the pictures you want to print within the folder.

3. On the Explorer toolbar click the Print button. The Print Pictures dialog box opens.

4. In the dialog box, first select the printer you want to use. Depending on your printer selection, additional options may also be displayed. You can adjust any of the displayed options such as paper size and quality.

5. Select the layout you want to use for your images from the right side of the screen. Some layouts will allow for more than one picture to be printed on a single page. The actual options and amount of white space shown will vary based upon the printer and the paper size that you choose. When you select a different layout, the center, preview area will change to show the images in the selected layout.

6. Select the number of prints you want from each of the selected pictures.
You can scroll through the selected pictures by using the arrows underneath the preview image.

7. Optionally, you can select the Options link. This displays the dialog box, which enables you to select an option for sharpening the image for printing as well as to modify the options displayed. You can also select additional links to get to the specific properties of your printer or to manage the color on your system. When you are done changing options, select OK to save them or Cancel to simply return to the Print Pictures dialog without saving the options changes.

8. With your options selected, click the Print button to print your pictures.

9. Printing should start within a few seconds. You’ll see a status bar showing the images being sent to the printer. When printing is completed, the dialog box will close automatically.

Making a Working Copy of a Picture
On your hard disk, you’re free to make changes to your pictures. But before you do, know that it’s always a good idea to keep a copy of the original picture on disk. Use other copies for touchup work, sizing, or any other changes. That way, if you ever manage to make a mess of things, you always have the original picture to work from. You can use any of the techniques to move and copy pictures (since each picture is a file). But if you just want to make a quick copy of one picture:

1. Right-click the icon for the picture you want to copy, and choose Copy.

2. Right-click some empty space near the icon you just right-clicked, and choose Paste.

Optionally, you can point to the picture, hold down the Ctrl key, drag the picture a slight distance so the mouse pointer is touching some empty space between icons, and release the mouse button. The new file will be named OriginalName - Copy, where OriginalName is the same as the file you copied. If you want to rename the copy, right-click it, choose Rename, and type a new name, or edit the existing name.

Rotating a Picture
If you hold a camera sideways when you take a picture, that picture will likely show up sideways on your screen. If the picture is in your Pictures folder (or any other folder on your hard disk, for that matter), you can rotate it. It’s better to rotate a copy of the original picture rather than the original itself. So if you haven’t already done so, you can make a copy. To rotate the copy:

1. Right-click the icon of the picture you want to copy.

2. Choose Rotate Clockwise to rotate the picture 90 degrees to the right or Rotate Counterclockwise to rotate 90 degrees to the left.

3. You might see a message recommending that you work with copies. Assuming you are working with a copy, click Yes to proceed.

That’s it. If you rotate a picture the wrong direction, just rotate it the opposite direction twice to straighten things out.

Recording Details About Your Photos
If you’re a serious camera buff, you can record details about each photo as part of the file’s properties. Right-click any single photo’s icon and choose Properties. Or, if you want to assign the same properties to several photos, select the appropriate icons first. Then right-click any selected photo and choose Properties. Either way, the Properties dialog box for the picture(s) will open.

In the Properties dialog box, click the Details tab. the properties you see depend on the type of file you’re working with.

The properties listed under Image are facts about the picture that you can’t change. But you’re welcome to fill in the blanks on many of the other items, such as Title, Subject, Tags (for searching), and so forth. Later, when looking through pictures, or after performing a search for all pictures on your hard drive, you can display that information in Details view.

For example, suppose you do a search for all pictures. When the search is complete, you can switch to Details view, choose the details you want to see, and arrange columns as suits your needs. You can click any column heading to sort the pictures on that column; with the Title, Date taken, Dimensions, Rating, Tags, and Author properties visible.

Using Slide Show
One of the other options you will see when viewing a folder with images is the Slide Show option. Clicking the Slide Show button within a folder such as the Pictures folder starts a slide show. This slide show initially covers your display and cycle through the images in the current folder. The entire screen will be taken up with the show.

You can continue to work while the slide show continues to cycle through images. You can do this because the slide show is actually running somewhat like your desktop. If you use Flip 3D (press the + Tab) or press Alt+Tab, you can switch to a currently running program. The slide show will continue in the background. Within an image that is being displayed. This action presents you with a menu with the following options:

• Play: If you have paused the slide show, this option starts it playing again.

• Pause: This option stops the slide show on the current slide.

• Next: This option advances the slide show to the next picture.

• Back: This option returns the slide show to the previous picture.

• Shuffle: This option causes the images to be randomly displayed if selected. If not selected, images will be presented in order.

• Loop: This option causes the images to continuously be displayed. After all the images have been displayed, they will be displayed again. If this option is not selected, then, when the last image displays, it will remain on the screen.

• Slide Show Speed—Slow/Medium/Fast: This option adjusts how fast the images are automatically advanced.

• Exit: This option closes the slide show.

Source of Information : Wiley Alan Simpsons Windows Vista Bible Desktop Edition

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