Thursday, January 25, 2007

Insert a Picture In Your Research Paper!

Did you ever wonder how the print screen key worked on your computer? Want to crop part of a picture from the internet and insert it into your research paper? It's easy and once done, you'll use it again and again. Here's how:

1. Select a picture you want on the internet, or a photo you already downloaded. If you can see it on the screen, then you can save it.
2. Hit the print screen button.
3. Hit the green start button on the lower left corner of your screen.
4. Hit "programs."
5. Select "accessories."
6. Hit "paint."
7. Hit "edit."
8. Hit "paste." (Image will fill up screen.)
9. Click on the white button (under edit) with little dots in a rectangular shape.
10. Move your cursor with the mouse like it's a target on a gun and move it until it's located on the upper left of the rectangle you want to "cut out" of the picture. Then press down on the left button your mouse - while you move the cursor to the lower right corner of your cut out rectangle. Release button.
11. Hit edit.
12. click on cut out when menu appears. (Your rectangle on screen will disappear). Don't freak out!
13. Click on green start button again.
14. Go to paint again (steps 2-5 above.)
15. Go to edit. Left click your mouse.
16. Click on paste. Your cut out will appear by magic on grey background.
17. Move your cursor off of the rectangle and click on the grey background. White dashmarks around rectangle will disappear.
18. Now you have a choice, you can either immediately print. OR....
19. Save as a JPEG in your document pictures. Then later, you can send in the mail as an attachment, or insert in a research paper.
Easy!! Call 774-7069 at the Library if you need any assistance.