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Anonymous
October 22, 2004 12:59:08 PM

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I had some pictures inserted into my desktop browser. When I click on some of
them to use as a desktop, instead of being a full picture, it shows up as
tiles on my screen. How can I get it or set it to where it is one full
picture and not many tiles? (This is a different question from the one I
asked in "Deleting Files" I got that fixed, thanks to all who helped.) Thank
you for any advice.
Anonymous
October 22, 2004 1:15:05 PM

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right click on your desktop and the properties box will pop up...on the
desktop tab change your photo option window to center or stretch...it will
say "tile" just click there and you will see your other options.

It's pretty easy once you know how to do it.

"Ambience" wrote:

> I had some pictures inserted into my desktop browser. When I click on some of
> them to use as a desktop, instead of being a full picture, it shows up as
> tiles on my screen. How can I get it or set it to where it is one full
> picture and not many tiles? (This is a different question from the one I
> asked in "Deleting Files" I got that fixed, thanks to all who helped.) Thank
> you for any advice.
Anonymous
October 22, 2004 10:29:02 PM

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Thank you for your help :-) I tried it with the center and the picture was
too small...and the stretch really well, ....stretched the picture beyond
recognition. I'm kind of new to web art and things like that...I don't know
how to size the picture so that it will fit on my desktop like the desktop
images that come with windows xp. I appreciate any advice.

"butterscotch" wrote:

> right click on your desktop and the properties box will pop up...on the
> desktop tab change your photo option window to center or stretch...it will
> say "tile" just click there and you will see your other options.
>
> It's pretty easy once you know how to do it.
>
> "Ambience" wrote:
>
> > I had some pictures inserted into my desktop browser. When I click on some of
> > them to use as a desktop, instead of being a full picture, it shows up as
> > tiles on my screen. How can I get it or set it to where it is one full
> > picture and not many tiles? (This is a different question from the one I
> > asked in "Deleting Files" I got that fixed, thanks to all who helped.) Thank
> > you for any advice.
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Anonymous
October 23, 2004 7:18:15 PM

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Ambience wrote:
> Thank you for your help :-) I tried it with the center and the
> picture was too small...and the stretch really well, ....stretched
> the picture beyond recognition. I'm kind of new to web art and things
> like that...I don't know
> how to size the picture so that it will fit on my desktop like the
> desktop images that come with windows xp. I appreciate any advice.
>

The default images for the desktop in C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper are all sized
at 800x600 pixels or larger and 72 DPI (dots per inch) or more. You need to
use an image editor to resize the images you wish to use, if they are not
close to this default size.

You can use a 'free' image editor like IrfanView which is capable of
tweaking images just about every way they can be tweaked. Available here:

http://www.irfanview.com/blank.htm

Depending on the file format of the image, you may want to use IrfanView to
convert the image to a different format prior to editing. Some image formats
like .jpg and .gif are "lossy" formats, which means that when you edit the
file, it will lose some of it's sharpness and quality. Other image formats
like .tif, .bmp and .png are "lossless" formats which do not lose the
quality when they are edited.

You can open the image in IrfanView and select File/Save As and select a
lossless format in the "Save as type" drop down menu to save a copy of the
image. Open that copy and do your editing there.

Select Image/Information from the Toolbar to see the current size and
Image/Resize/Resample to make changes.

Good Luck


--

Ronnie Vernon
Microsoft MVP
Windows Shell/User
Anonymous
October 23, 2004 10:05:30 PM

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On Fri, 22 Oct 2004 18:29:02 -0700, Ambience wrote:

> Thank you for your help :-) I tried it with the center and the picture was
> too small...and the stretch really well, ....stretched the picture beyond
> recognition. I'm kind of new to web art and things like that...I don't know
> how to size the picture so that it will fit on my desktop like the desktop
> images that come with windows xp. I appreciate any advice.

Right click your desktop and select Properties. On the screen that appears,
click the tab labeled "Settings." The slider in the lower left is your
desktop size. Make a note of whatever it is. Example: 1024x768

When you create an image for this desktop, create it as 1024x768. If you
are downloading from a website, take a second look at the available links.
Sometimes there are multiple links - each leading to a different sized
image. Click the link for the one that is scaled to match your desktop
size.

--
Sharon F
MS-MVP ~ Windows XP Shell/User
Anonymous
October 24, 2004 11:17:01 PM

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I apologize for taking so long to get back here. My work has kept me away
from my computer. :-(
Thank you Ronnie and Sharon for your help! :-) I have taken note of the
link to Irfanview and the information on what I need to do in settings to get
my desktop size. I am going to do that right now, and I'll let you know when
I succeed! Thanks again! :-)

"Sharon F" wrote:

> On Fri, 22 Oct 2004 18:29:02 -0700, Ambience wrote:
>
> > Thank you for your help :-) I tried it with the center and the picture was
> > too small...and the stretch really well, ....stretched the picture beyond
> > recognition. I'm kind of new to web art and things like that...I don't know
> > how to size the picture so that it will fit on my desktop like the desktop
> > images that come with windows xp. I appreciate any advice.
>
> Right click your desktop and select Properties. On the screen that appears,
> click the tab labeled "Settings." The slider in the lower left is your
> desktop size. Make a note of whatever it is. Example: 1024x768
>
> When you create an image for this desktop, create it as 1024x768. If you
> are downloading from a website, take a second look at the available links.
> Sometimes there are multiple links - each leading to a different sized
> image. Click the link for the one that is scaled to match your desktop
> size.
>
> --
> Sharon F
> MS-MVP ~ Windows XP Shell/User
>
Anonymous
October 25, 2004 5:17:01 PM

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I'm back. I downloaded the Irfanview (Thanks, Ronnie!) and I figured out how
to use it....sort of. Some of the pictures (they're not "photos" from a
camera...they're like posters, art, things like that) which were at a much
smaller pixel than the desktop size (which is 800 by 600 pixels (thanks
Sharon!) ) when I set the pixels to the desktop size...the picture was out
of focus due to the size. I can't figure out how to get the larger size to be
focused, sharp and clear like the original size...or if I can even do that. ?
(Thanks!)

"Ambience" wrote:

> I apologize for taking so long to get back here. My work has kept me away
> from my computer. :-(
> Thank you Ronnie and Sharon for your help! :-) I have taken note of the
> link to Irfanview and the information on what I need to do in settings to get
> my desktop size. I am going to do that right now, and I'll let you know when
> I succeed! Thanks again! :-)
>
> "Sharon F" wrote:
>
> > On Fri, 22 Oct 2004 18:29:02 -0700, Ambience wrote:
> >
> > > Thank you for your help :-) I tried it with the center and the picture was
> > > too small...and the stretch really well, ....stretched the picture beyond
> > > recognition. I'm kind of new to web art and things like that...I don't know
> > > how to size the picture so that it will fit on my desktop like the desktop
> > > images that come with windows xp. I appreciate any advice.
> >

> >
Anonymous
October 25, 2004 5:45:46 PM

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Ambience wrote:
> I'm back. I downloaded the Irfanview (Thanks, Ronnie!) and I figured
> out how to use it....sort of. Some of the pictures (they're not
> "photos" from a camera...they're like posters, art, things like that)
> which were at a much smaller pixel than the desktop size (which is
> 800 by 600 pixels (thanks Sharon!) ) when I set the pixels to the
> desktop size...the picture was out of focus due to the size. I can't
> figure out how to get the larger size to be focused, sharp and clear
> like the original size...or if I can even do that. ? (Thanks!)

If you were using a lossless file type, then what you are seeing may be the
best you can do. Unfortunately, once an image is created at a lower size, it
can only be enlarged to a certain degree. The pixels can only be spread so
far before you start seeing unacceptable results.
--
Ronnie Vernon
Microsoft MVP
Windows Shell/User
Anonymous
October 25, 2004 10:19:15 PM

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On Mon, 25 Oct 2004 13:17:01 -0700, Ambience wrote:

> I'm back. I downloaded the Irfanview (Thanks, Ronnie!) and I figured out how
> to use it....sort of. Some of the pictures (they're not "photos" from a
> camera...they're like posters, art, things like that) which were at a much
> smaller pixel than the desktop size (which is 800 by 600 pixels (thanks
> Sharon!) ) when I set the pixels to the desktop size...the picture was out
> of focus due to the size. I can't figure out how to get the larger size to be
> focused, sharp and clear like the original size...or if I can even do that. ?
> (Thanks!)

It's a lot easier to resize an image to a smaller size. Very difficult and
often impossible to get good results going the other way - smaller to
larger. Ronnie has explained already explained a bit about the "why", so
will leave it at that.

--
Sharon F
MS-MVP ~ Windows XP Shell/User
Anonymous
October 26, 2004 4:41:05 PM

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I understand now. Well, it was worth a try and I learned something new! :-)
Thank you all so very much for showing me how to do this. I really appreciate
it. Perhaps I'll work on designing my own desktops or I'll find the same
pictures on a larger pixel. Thanks again! :-)

"Sharon F" wrote:

> On Fri, 22 Oct 2004 18:29:02 -0700, Ambience wrote:
>
> > Thank you for your help :-) I tried it with the center and the picture was
> > too small...and the stretch really well, ....stretched the picture beyond
> > recognition. I'm kind of new to web art and things like that...I don't know
> > how to size the picture so that it will fit on my desktop like the desktop
> > images that come with windows xp. I appreciate any advice.
>
> Right click your desktop and select Properties. On the screen that appears,
> click the tab labeled "Settings." The slider in the lower left is your
> desktop size. Make a note of whatever it is. Example: 1024x768
>
> When you create an image for this desktop, create it as 1024x768. If you
> are downloading from a website, take a second look at the available links.
> Sometimes there are multiple links - each leading to a different sized
> image. Click the link for the one that is scaled to match your desktop
> size.
>
> --
> Sharon F
> MS-MVP ~ Windows XP Shell/User
>
!