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Chapter 12. Picture-Perfect Digital Photography > Slide Shows and Screen Savers

Slide Shows and Screen Savers

After you’ve built up a big enough collection of digital photos, you might want the option to display those photos on the screen using something other than Windows Explorer. In addition, you might want to create slide shows for special occasions, taking a group of images and converting them to a format that you can display one after the other, using the entire screen, without requiring any input from the viewer.

For these tasks, Windows offers two useful tools. The first gives you the ability to create a slide show on the fly, using a group of pictures you select. To choose this option, open the My Pictures folder and select the images you want to use for your slide show. Then, in the Picture Tasks list, click the View As A Slide Show option. The first image you selected appears on the screen, with each additional image following a few seconds after the previous one. The slide show view is cool because it adds a dramatic black border around each image, clearing away all the normal Windows screen elements. As Figure 12-3 shows, you can use the VCR-style controls to start or pause the slide show and to move through the pictures one at a time.


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