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CNET Membership newsletter June 11, 2004 

The 5 that matter

Dear CNET members:
Well, we received yet another record number of responses to last week's question on how to use your digital photos as a screensaver. Thanks again for your responses; the winner was chosen at random from a great selection of submissions. This week, we have a digital photography-related question submitted by Rachel C. of Lansing, Michigan. If you have an answer, you know what to do.

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1I use Windows XP, and I'd like to use a few of my digital pictures for the screensaver--is there an easy way to do this?

--Submitted by: Nancy S. of Santa Fe, New Mexico

To run your pictures as a slide show in XP, this is what you have to do:

First, select the pictures you want to use and set up a special folder with those pictures in it and make a note where you saved that folder (in what directory, on what drive, and so on). You will need this info later.

Next, go to your Desktop, right-click on the Desktop.

Scroll down to Properties, Click the Screensaver tab. Toward the middle of this dialog box there is a drop-down box with the words "Screen Saver." Scroll down that box until you see My Pictures Slideshow and click it; to the right of this drop-down box is a button that says Settings; click it.

You should see the words "Use pictures in this folder" and a Browse button; click the button. This is where you look for that file you created earlier with all your pictures that you want to use for the screensaver. After you have found the file folder with the pictures, click OK.

You can now adjust how fast you want the pictures to change and so on, then click OK again. This brings you back to the Display Properties dialog box, and you can see your screensaver pictures. Click OK, and you are finished.

--Submitted by: Nedda H. of Palm Harbor, Florida

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I'm having a frustrating time using my digital camera to photograph people--there's a 1-second delay from when I press the shutter to when the picture is actually taken. So I keep missing my shots. Is there anything I can do to shorten the lag?

--Submitted by: Rachel C. of Lansing, Michigan

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