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« on: Dec 19, 2005, 11:47 AM »

Tips for Windows users:
:idea: Use <Alt>+<PrintScreen> to capture only the current window, rather than the entire screen.  Saves on trimming.

:idea: Paste into MSPaint (Start Menu > Run... > mspaint), trim further if desired, and "Save As" one of the following formats (these options are available in Windows 2000, XP, and possibly some older versions as well):
  • JPEG (*.jpg) - Results in a smaller file size, but some image quality is lost.  Works well for photographs, but screenshots may look slightly blurry in places.
  • PNG (*.png) - Results in a somewhat larger file size than JPEG, but perfectly preserves the image, pixel for pixel.  Works great for screenshots and other pixel-based computer-generated images.

Both of these formats should result in much smaller uploads (and downloads) than using the default Windows Bitmap (*.bmp) format.

:?: Q. What about embedding images in an MS Word or PowerPoint document?  I've heard that recommended.
A. This is a popular practice for sending images in an email, especially from within companies whose email policies prohibit sending image attachments.  However, this isn't necessary on the forum, and will result in a larger file size -- often 10-100 times larger than a JPEG or PNG image alone.  Also, only people with Word or PowerPoint software (or OpenOffice.org equivalents) will be able to open the file, and the file may contain personal details, such as your real name and employer/school, that you may not want revealed.

:?: Q. How do I get an image to appear in my post?
A. Just below the box where you type in your message, there's a link that says "Additional Options...".  If you click on this link, it will expand to show you several checkbox options, as well as an "Attach" field with a Browse button to choose a file from your hard drive.  At this time, at least, it is not possible to preview your post with the image attached; you will be able to preview the text portion of your message, but your attachment(s) will be 'lost' if you do a preview and you will have to browse for them again, as a popup message will inform you.  The attachment(s) only get sent when you click the "Post" button.

Edit: removed leftover sentence fragment from the end
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