Using photos as a screen saver in Windows XP

You can take two or more photos to create a Windows XP screen saver. That way, when you walk away from your computer you can have your gorgeous photos display and protect your monitor at the same time. If you're not using Windows XP, check the Help file of your particular operating system to find out how to create a screen saver.

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To create a Windows XP screen saver, follow these steps:

1. From the Photo Well, select the photo(s) you want to use.

2. Choose FileOExport.

3. Choose JPEG for your file type, select your photo size, and choose a quality setting.

I recommend using a photo size that matches the resolution setting you're using for your monitor. I recommend using a quality setting between 8 and 12.

For details on these exporting options, see Chapter 12,

4. Click the Browse button. Click the Make a new folder button, and save the photos as JPEGs to a new folder. Name the folder "screen saver."

5. Click your Windows XP Start button in the bottom-left corner of your screen. Click Control Panel, and then double-click the Display button.

6. Click the Screen Saver tab and under Screen saver, choose My Pictures Slideshow from the pop-up menu, shown in Figure 18-10.

7. Click Settings and choose the Screen Saver folder containing your photos. Define the photo size and specify all of your other options.

8. Click Preview to see how it will appear on your monitor.

Move your mouse or press a key to end the preview.

9. Click Apply and then OK to close the Display window.

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