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    Digital Photo Basics
  1. Getting Pictures from Camera into Computer
  2. Getting Acquainted with Irfanview
  3. Basic Terms: View Size vs Print Size, etc.
  4. Virtually Free Photography - Naming Pics, Albums
  5. When Digital Camera Photos Can't Be Found
  6. Digital Photography for Not So Digital Seniors

  7. Crop, Resize, Align, Colors
  8. How to Crop and/or Resize a Photo
  9. Problem Enlarging Digital Pictures
  10. Understanding CYMK & RGB Colors
  11. How to Straighten (Rotate, Align) a Photo
  12. Darkrooms Replaced by Computers
  13. Be Your Own Photo Processing Studio

  14. Adding Text to Pictures
  15. Adding Text to a Photo
  16. Text & Picture In a Word Text Box

  17. Displaying Your Pictures
  18. Printing Multiple Photos on a Single Page
  19. Displaying Your Photos as a Slideshow
  20. Merging Two Graphics Into One
  21. When Multiple Photos Don't All Fit on a Print-Out
  22. Print Yourself or Have Pics Processed Elsewhere?

  23. Online Images - Emailing Pics
  24. Reducing a Digital Photo's File Size
  25. Red X Instead of a Picture
  26. Reducing the File Size of a Video
  27. Print Yourself or Have Pics Processed Elsewhere?
  28. Copying Images from a Web Site or an Email

  29. Pic Formats - File Extensions
  30. Digital Picture Formats (JPG, BMP, GIF, TIF, etc)
  31. Difference Between "Drawing" & "Painting" Programs
  32. Digital Cameras & Megapixelss
  33. Choosing File Associations for Picture Files
  34. Understanding "Animated GIFs"
  35. Comparison of JPG and GIF Image Files
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The Basics of Files, Folders & Shortcuts

Among the first things PC newcomers discover is that they will be working mainly with files, folders, and shortcuts — and that it's important to understand their differences. Simply put, most items are files (such as pictures, musical selections, email messages and the various parts of application programs).

We keep these files in folders, whose icons are usually identified by a little Yellow Folder. Likewise, folders often contain other folders, while some files and folders are buried deep inside of multiple nested folders.

Because there are so many thousands of files and folders on your hard drive, those which you access frequently often have a shortcut. Most shortcut icons are identified by a tiny bent arrow in their lower left corners. Thus, clicking an Excel Shortcut icon takes you to Excel.exe, a file which initiates the Excel spreadsheet program.

You can create your own shortcut to a file or a folder by right-clicking your Desktop and following the "wizard" prompts. Alternatively, you can right-click the target file or folder and choose Create Shortcut or Send To Desktop (Create Shortcut). Choosing the former will keep the Shortcut in the same Folder as the target item, from whence it can be dragged into any other folder or onto your Desktop.

You can create a folder by right-clicking a destination location, choosing New>Folder, and naming it. I have one named NCTimes Recent Articles inside the My Documents folder. When I created a shortcut to this folder, Windows automatically named it Shortcut to NCTimes Recent Articles. I changed it to NCTimes Recent. You can call a shortcut anything you want by right-clicking its label and choosing Rename.

If you have a shortcut that points to a particular folder (named, say, Family Snapshots) you can add photos to the folder by simply dragging the JPG files onto the shortcut. Conversely, however, deleting the shortcut will not delete the folder it points to nor its contents.

Among the most used shortcuts are Favorites or Bookmarks, which take us to various web sites. These shortcuts likewise contain the actual file name of the target item (such as and a Shortcut name, such as NCTimes. They will normally be displayed as the latter in your Favorites/Bookmarks folders. Right-clicking a site's shortcut name and choosing Properties will display its actual URL (universal resource location, i.e., website adress).

All browsers have a Favorites or a Bookmarks icon, which points to a folder containing the various sites' URLs and shortcut names. I am often asked how to move these folders into another browser and/or onto another PC. Well, most browsers have Import/Export options under the File menu for doing this. However, I find it easier to create and manipulate my own Favorite/Bookmark folders by right-clicking the Desktop and choosing New>Folder.

Rather than name a folder simply Favorites or Bookmarks, I create multiple folders with specific names like NCT Columnists, HTML Info, or Windows Vista News, etc. When I want to save a particular columnist's article, I drag the little blue IE icon preceding the page's site address (URL) into the appropriate folder. These folders can then be manipulated like any other folder, including being copied to a disc or flash drive and moved to a new computer.

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  1. Creating Labels & Envelopes with Word, Excel, & MSWorks
  2. Replacing NORMAL.DOC when Word Becomes Unstable
  3. Password Protecting Word & Excel Documents

  4. Pictures & Text Boxes
  5. Picture in a Text Box
  6. Placing Both Text & a Pic in a Text Box

  7. Other Document Types
  8. MSWord, Wordpad, Notepad, Google's Writely/Docs
  9. Converting Data between MSWord & PDF Files

  10. Working with Columns
  11. Dividing a Page into Columns
  12. Lining Up Numbers in a Column

  13. Bullets & Page Numbering
  14. Using AutoCorrect for Bullets & Numbering
  15. Add Page Numbering to a Word Processing Document

  16. Backing Up Word Files
  17. Automatic Backup of MSWord Documents

    Computer Commentary
  1. Signing Up with MySpace
  2. More about MySpace + Some Info on Skype
  3. Internet Explorer6 vs Internet Explorer 7
  4. More on Using Internet Explorer 7
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