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Displaying Digital Photos
as a Slideshow

A reader wrote to ask how to display photos on her PC as a slideshow. Well, this can be done with many programs, including one that comes with WinXP. Open a folder containing photos, right-click any picture's filename, click Open With, and choose Windows Photo & Fax Viewer, whereupon the clicked photo will appear in the center of your screen.

Click the Monitor icon in the toolbar and a Play, Pause, Forward, Back, and Exit button will appear in your monitor's upper right corner. Also, clicking any picture will advance the display to the next slide, while pressing ESC will end the show.

Irfanview users need only launch the program and open any photo, whereupon clickable Left and Right toolbar arrows will appear, which provide a sequential display of the folder's pictures. Irfanview is a great image-viewer/editor and is free from (I use Irfanview constantly and can't imagine handling image files without it.)

Picasa2 users can click on Tools>Options>Slideshow to begin a presentation, and can even choose MP3 music files to play along with it. For instructions in using other image-editing programs, click Help and type SLIDESHOW into the Find box. Picasa2 is available at

WinXP users can also create a Screen Saver Slideshow by right-clicking their Desktop, choosing Properties, and clicking Screen Saver. Click the down-arrow to find the My Pictures Slideshow option, along with various timing choices.

Many Various "Photo-Sharing" Services Available

For making pictures available to remote viewers, there are many free "photo-sharing" services that invite us to post snapshots on their Web sites, which then make them accessible to anyone to whom you send a link. Some display thumbnails of each photo so you can pick and choose those you may wish to enlarge, copy and/or print, while others offer only a sequential view, meaning you are expected to click through an entire gallery to see if there is something you like. Not surprisingly, these services are free because of all the advertising that accompanies your pictures.

However, a photo-sharing site by Google lets Gmail users post albums of photos with no apparent advertising in view. The site includes Picasa software that lets users edit their photos, as well as display them.

To many digital camera users, the whole concept of image-editing can be a unique challenge which was never offered with traditional film photography. Programs are available that allow us to edit our photos in ways limited only by our imaginations. These programs, however, have tools that range from wonderfully simple to frustratingly complex. How can we learn to use them?

Well, many high schools and community colleges now have evening courses on Adobe Photoshop, as well as on a few other image-editing programs.

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