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Sharing Pictures: Windows

Sharing (a bit different from what your kindergarten teacher taught you)
Pictures stored in a computer are only of minimal value, unless they can be sent to those who wish to see them. In Windows-based systems, the Picture and Fax Viewer application provides an easy way to manage and share pictures acquired from a digital camera.

Picture Viewer

To access the Viewer, open the folder which contains the desired pictures. “Right-click” one of the desired pictures and click Open With… > Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.

The tool buttons at the bottom of the Viewer allow the user to perform the most common tasks in managing and sharing pictures. The tools are, from left to right:

Picture Viewer Toolbar

• Previous Image and Next Image. These buttons scroll back and forth to each picture in the selected folder, sorted alphabetically.

• Best Fit and Actual Size. These buttons resize the picture, relative to the current window size. To resize the Viewer window itself, move the cursor to an edge or corner of the Viewer window, until the cursor becomes a double-arrow. Click and drag the window’s edge or corner to resize.

• Start Slide Show. Displays the images in the selected folder as if they were slides in a projector. Moving the mouse displays a control panel in the upper right corner of the screen, from which the user can pause or restart the show, scroll forward and backward through the slides or exit the slideshow.

• Zoom In and Zoom Out. Views a smaller area of an image in greater detail. The amount of “zoom” depends on the size of the Viewer window, along with the resolution of the picture.

• Rotate Clockwise and Rotate Counter-clockwise. Click either of these buttons to rotate the image 90° in either direction.

• Delete. Remove the selected picture from its folder, and send it to the Recycle Bin.

• Print. Launches the Photo Printing Wizard. Please refer to the Micro Center clinic handout “Photo Printing: Windows” for further information.

• Copy To… . Selects a destination within the computer (or an accessible network destination) to send a copy of the selected picture.

• Closes this program and opens the image for editing. “Passes” the selected picture to another program, typically to allow the user to perform more complex editing tasks. The Microsoft Photo Editor is one common program found in Windows-based systems for such tasks.

To “burn” pictures to a CD, simply select the pictures in a folder (no need to launch the Viewer), “right-click” one of the selected pictures and click Send To… > CD-RW Drive. Follow the on-screen prompts in the CD Writing Wizard.

To e-mail a picture, click the Attach tool (usually a “paperclip” icon) in the e-mail handler program, select the picture(s) to be sent, type in the required text message and click Send.

To share pictures on a photo-sharing Web site, follow the instructions on the site’s customer-support page.

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