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Thanks Bud. I clicked on a picture to open, right clicked but only an "open" choice not "open with". My computer is old therefore the programs are also. Am getting a newer computer but not exactly sure when. This is a work in progress at the moment! Due to that I think I will wait for a bit to try. Thanks for trying to simplify this for those of us that find all these steps a nusicance when on other sites it is a simple process. On Google+ & Facebook I post picture with ease.
I do wish AARP would update & simplify their website. There are so many steps to get to a discussion that I participate in. I don't know if this is a money issue with them or what! Anyway, as I said I do appreciate your help.
In Response to How To: Reduce the size of pictures:
Bud has generously offered to prepare a helpful "how to" for the Photogs group. I'm posting this discussion on his behalf and all credit goes to him for taking the time to create such helpful information. Thank you, Bud!
Reducing the Size of Pictures Using Microsoft Office Picture Manager
credit: Bud aka Qnail
Bud notes: The first thing to do if you are not sure what a program is going to do with your photographic file is to make a copy of the file so that you do not lose your original picture!
The following procedure will be done with Microsoft Office Picture Manager. Just to let you know, I just did this with a 9.58 MB (300ppi) file and reduced it to 2.73MB (72ppi) file.
I tried to keep this as basic as I could, and I know there are other ways to resize a picture within this program. One can always go to www.youtube.com for tutorials on how to use this program. I also tried to write this with the intention that there may be someone within our group that needs very basic instructions. I hope this helps.
STEP 1: Right click on the picture you want to open, then select "Open With" from the drop down menu. In its sub-menu, left click on "Microsoft Office Picture Manager." This will open your chosen picture in the "Microsoft Office Picture Manager."
STEP 2: From its menu click on "Picture," and then click on "Resize."
STEP 3: There should be a panel with the options to resize your picture. The easiest way is to choose "Percentage" and enter the amount you want to reduce your file to. (I chose 50% for the picture I mentioned above.) Then click "OK."
STEP 4: From there you can go to "File" in your menu bar, and select "Save" or "Save As," or close the Microsoft Office Picture Manager Program. By choosing "Save" you automatically change the file you are using to the preferences you choose. If you did not make a copy of your picture already, choose "Save As" so you do not lose your original picture, but you will be asked if you want to save the picture you changed when you close the program. If you already saved it by clicking "Save As," choose "Don't Save."
Depending on which option you choose, when you go to close the program you may be asked if you want to "Save, Don't Save, or 'Cancel"...choose "Save" if you haven't already saved the picture. This saves the picture to its new size. If you have saved the picture already, choose "Don't Save."
NOTE: This program apparently changes the pixels per inch (ppi) from a printable 300 ppi to 72 ppi. 300 ppi is the standard for printing pictures, and 72ppi is what you see on your computer monitor. Pictures will not print correctly at 72ppi, so make sure you make a copy of your photographic file before using this program!
The next program I will introduce to you is a free program called IrfanView. I used it several years ago until I got Photoshop, and it is a very good program. I will get to that within the next week. -Bud
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