DOWNLOADING GRAPHICS AND SAVING
THEM FOR EASY
CREATING FOLDERS ON YOUR
for easy retrieval of your downloaded
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
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.
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
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.
A WORD ABOUT DOWNLOADING
GRAPHICS FROM THE
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..