Size photos to fill your screen

Help Line

July 19, 1999|By James Coates | James Coates,Chicago Tribune

I scanned graphic images using Adobe PhotoDeluxe and saved them as .jpg and .gif files on my ZIP discs. When I try to call them up, Microsoft Internet Explorer automatically pops up and part of the image runs off the screen. I use Netscape, never MS Explorer.

Millions of Windows 98 users share your situation because the Microsoft Internet browser is set as the default program to run whenever the user clicks on a wide variety of picture file formats.

Although it is possible to change the default to run the Netscape browser whenever you click a picture file icon, the quality of display will be no better and your pictures still won't fit the screen.

People who want to view pictures can easily find cheap display software. I prefer PhotoVue by ImageDisk Inc. (www.imagedisk.com). It automatically resizes images to fit the screen and registers itself to replace Internet Explorer as the default viewer.

E-mails tell me to check Web sites, but clicking on them doesn't work. I end up writing down the addresses and typing them in.

There's a far easier way. Just click on the address and use your mouse or cursor keys to highlight it. Press Ctrl plus C to copy the address into your computer's memory. Now call up your Web browser, click in the address window at the top and press Ctrl plus V to paste the address there. Then hit ENTER or click the "Go" button to surf.

Is it possible to change .jpg files to bitmap files to use as wallpaper?

You don't need to convert to make Windows wallpaper out of .jpg files. When you open an image in your browser, click with the right mouse button and you'll find a pop-up menu; one option is to make that image your wallpaper.

If you want to keep the new image, go to the c:windows directory, find a file called something like netscape.bmp or internetexplorer.bmp and rename it; otherwise it will be written over the next time you make something wallpaper.

Send e-mail to jcoates@tribune.com.

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