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Chapter 8. Playing with Pictures > Capturing a Picture of the Screen - Pg. 98

Playing with Pictures 4. 98 5. 6. If you have more than one printer, use the What printer do you want to use? list to select a printer. You should also click the Printing Preferences button to adjust the settings on your printer. These settings depend on the printer, but they generally include selecting the type of paper you'll be using and whether you want to print in color or black and white. When you're ready to move on, click Next. The Layout Selection dialog box appears. Use the Available layouts list to select the print size you want. When you select a different layout, the Print preview box shows you what your printed image will look like. When you've made your choice, click Next. The wizard sends your image (or images) to the printer. Click Finish. Setting a Picture as the Desktop Background Windows XP's desktop comes with a fairly spiffy background image. However, you may find that you get bored with it after a while or that you have a picture of your own that you'd prefer to use. Either way, it's no problem to change the desktop background to any picture in your My Pictures folder. In fact, it takes just two measly steps: 1. 2. In the My Pictures folder, select the file that contains the image you want to use. In the WebView panel's Picture Tasks section, click the Set as desktop background link. Capturing a Picture of the Screen In the next chapter you'll learn how to get images into your computer by using a scanner or digital camera. Another way to get an image without having to draw anything is to "capture" what's on your screen. You have two ways to go about this: · To capture the entire screen, lock, stock, and taskbar, press your keyboard's Print Screen key. (Depending on your keyboard, this key may be labeled Print Scrn, PrtScn, PrtSc, or some other variation on this theme.) · If you want to capture only whatever is in the active window, press Alt+Print Screen. Either way, you can then toss the captured image onto your hard disk by launching Paint (select Start, All Programs, Accessories, Paint) and selecting Edit, Paste. If Paint complains that the image you're pasting is too large, click Yes to enlarge your drawing to fit the image. The Least You Need to Know · If you're working only on your computer--In this case, the best formats to use are bitmap for drawings and TIF for photos. · If you're going to e-mail pictures or publish them on the Web--In this case, use GIF for drawing and JPEG for photos. · Picture views you can use--In the My Pictures folder, use the View menu's Thumbnails command to view the images as thumbnails, and use the Filmstrip command to view your images sequentially, sort of like a filmstrip. · Converting an image--Display the picture in the Image Preview window, click Copy To, and then use the Save as type list to choose the new format. · Grabbing screen shots--Press Print Screen to capture an image of the full screen, or Alt+Print Screen to capture an image of just the active window.