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Using Windows Photo Viewer

The Windows Photo Viewer display is shown in Figure 4.3.

Figure 4.3

Figure 4.3 Windows Photo Viewer.

Use the controls along the bottom of the screen (from left to right) to:

  • Adjust picture magnification
  • Toggle between full-image view and actual size view
  • Move to previous photo
  • Start slide show
  • Move to next photo
  • Rotate photo to left (counterclockwise)
  • Rotate photo to right (clockwise)
  • Delete photo

Adjusting Picture Magnification

Windows Photo Viewer automatically scales photos to fit in the current window. If you want to see how sharp your photo is, or need to view a portion of your photo, adjusting the magnification is helpful. Here's how:

  1. Open the photo in Windows Photo Viewer.
  2. Click the slider at the left end of the controls below the photo and move it upward until you reach the desired magnification (see Figure 4.4).
Figure 4.4

Figure 4.4 Adjusting magnification in Windows Photo Viewer.

To adjust what portion of the picture fits into the display window:

  1. Move the mouse pointer into the photo. The default pointer turns into a hand.
  2. Click and drag the photo until you see the desired portion of the photo inside the Windows Photo Viewer window.
  3. Release the mouse button.

Rotating Photos

If you like to shoot vertical photos, it can be irritating to view them until they're rotated to the correct orientation. To rotate a photo:

  1. Open the photo in Windows Photo Viewer.
  2. If the top of the photo faces left, click the right curved arrow. If the top of the photo faces right, click the left curved arrow.
  3. Click the forward or back arrows to save changes to the current photo and display another photo.

Figure 4.5 compares a vertical photo before and after rotation.

Figure 4.5

Figure 4.5 Rotating a photo with Windows Photo Viewer.

Viewing Your Photos in a Slide Show

To view the photos in the current folder as a slide show, click the Slide Show button, as shown in Figure 4.3. Each photo displays full-screen.

By default, slide shows play in a loop at medium speed. However, you can also advance to the next or previous photo manually, pause the show, shuffle picture order, and select fast or slow playback speeds. To adjust playback options, do the following:

  1. Right-click the display after starting the slide show.
  2. Select the option(s) wanted (see Figure 4.6).
    Figure 4.6

    Figure 4.6 Slide show playback options in Windows Photo Viewer.

  3. Click away from the menu to put changes into effect.
  4. To close the show and return to the normal Windows Photo Viewer display, click Exit.

Using the File Menu

The File menu includes options to:

  • Delete the current photo.
  • Make a copy of the current photo into any folder.
  • Copy the photo to the Windows Clipboard.
  • Display image properties, including exposure metadata (see Figure 4.7).
    Figure 4.7

    Figure 4.7 Viewing exposure metadata.

  • Exit the program.

Using the Print Menu

The Print menu provides two ways to print:

  • Select Print to make prints with your own printer.
  • Select Order Prints to order photos from a variety of online photo print providers (see Figure 4.8).
Figure 4.8

Figure 4.8 Preparing to order prints from an online provider.

To learn more about printing photos with any Windows 7 application, see "Printing a Picture" later in this lesson.

Emailing a Picture

Windows 7 does not include an email program. However, after you install an email program such as Windows Live Mail (available as part of Windows Live Essentials) or others, you can use the E-Mail menu to email photos. Using Windows Photo Viewer to email your photos enables you to send a reduced-size version of your photo that's easier for recipients to view and takes less time to download and upload. Here's how to do it:

  1. Select a photo you want to email.
  2. Click E-Mail.
  3. Select the size of photo you want to email (see Figure 4.9).
    Figure 4.9

    Figure 4.9 Creating a smaller-sized version of a photo to email.

  4. Click Attach.
  5. Your email program opens, creates a message, and attaches the photo to the message (see Figure 4.10).
    Figure 4.10

    Figure 4.10 Windows Photo Viewer attaches your photo to an email message.

  6. Enter the recipient's address.
  7. Add other text as desired.
  8. Send the message.
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