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 for easy retrieval of your downloaded graphics.

First, minimize your open programs (click the little dash up in the upper right hand corner of the window) to get to your desktop without closing your programs. Then follow the directions below to create a folder on your desktop.  If you already know how to create desktop folders, skip on down the page by clicking here.

Right clicking means clicking your right mouse button rather then your left mouse button.  The left button opens, the right button gives you a pop up menu with choices for actions you wish to do.

The folder will already be named "new folder" and the text will be highlighted blue.  You can just start typing to replace the highlighted text with your name for the folder.  If the text should become unhighlighted, just rehighlight (drag your mouse over the name holding down the right mouse button) it to rename it, or right click on the folder and choose rename.

Folders on the desktop are easiest to find when you want them, so I keep all of my graphics in those folders instead of the programs I created them in. Having them on the desktop saves you from having to go into your C drive or opening a program every time you need to retrieve an image. 

I have folders that are named a-c, e-g, h-j, and so on. If I need to tuck away a picture of a rose for future use, it goes into the R folder.  You can also create folders inside of folders.  Use your desktop as you would a filing cabinet.  If you don't like a cluttered desktop, create one folder, name it Graphics, and then create Alphabetical folders inside your Graphics folder.

After you've created and renamed a folder, left click on the desktop background again, to solidify the changes. Reopen your browser by clicking it's name on the task bar.

....downloading graphics from the net 

When you find a graphic you'd like to save to your desktop for use in your webpage or in printed material  position your mouse pointer over the graphic and right click. A dialogue box like the one above will  pop up. I was saving the GRI graphic your see in the background .  

If you're using Explorer, in the gray choice box click on "save as", in Netscape, click on "save image as". (If anyone knows what it says in AOL, let me know will you?)

Next this dialogue box will pop up giving you the option to choose where you want to save the graphic.

First, name your graphic (#1). It is important that you name it something you are going to recognize.  If you are going to use that graphic for the web, name it with no spaces.  If you name it Yellow House.  Then the web will name it Yellow_House.jpg or .gif since there can't be any spaces in a web name.

Next, choose where you are going to save the graphic. Click the drop down button at the end of the save in box (#2).  There you should see all your desktop folders.  Click on the Graphics or Alphabetical Folder you created and it will show that folder in the save in window. Then you just click save, and that's all there is to it!

Now you won't have to go hunting through your C drive for the graphic when it's right there on your desktop!  I save everything in files on my desktop.  Programs I download, graphics, notepad files, and more.  

When you are working in Front Page, and you want to insert one of your saved graphics into your webpage, you simply choose insert from the tool bar at the top, then picture, and then browse the drop down menu, choose your graphic folders, find the name of  the image you're wanting to insert, and click it.  Your image inserts itself right into your page.  

IF YOUR ONLY OPTION IS TO SAVE IMAGE AS A .BMP then that is the fault of Window's NT operating system.  This doesn't happen if you have Windows 98.  For some reason, Window's NT, when the temporary internet cache is full, will not let you download images on the net as .jpg or .gif format.  What you'll need to do is, in your browser, go to Tools/Options and delete your tempoary internet files.  Once done, reboot your computer, and you will once again be able to download in the correct formats.

AOL users will also sometimes have a problem.  By default AOL uses a proprietary (non-standard) method to compress images sent to their browser -- the Johnson-Grace ART format (.art). To receive standard JPEG and GIF images you need to deselect "Use Compressed Graphics" in your AOL Preferences.


All graphics are someone's work.  They are protected by intellectual copyright laws.  Always check out the website terms of agreement before using the graphics.  If there is nothing said on the site about the use of the graphics, it's best to ask the webmaster if you can use the graphic.  It might save you some embarrassment  later on..

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