The question has been asked more than just a “couple” of times – how does a person use this site?  There’s an Answer for That!

What Images Are Available

Most of the downloads provided on this site containing a vast collection of images are formatted for specific screen sizes.  The two most prevalent and available sizes are 1024×768 (SVGA/XGA) and 1280×1024 (SXGA), which can be utilized on other screen size/resolutions of course.  Should there be a size that would work better for you, send me a request through the Contact Us page with the specifics of the size desired.

All images are freely available  in screen resolutions.

What Is Involved In Downloading Images

Depending on which platform (Windows/Linux/Apple) one is using can make a small bit of difference.  Simply done on a Windows based machine (Windows Vista/7) or Apple Mac – just involves clicking on the image, keeping your mouse button down and then dragging to an open window or the desktop, then release the mouse button – copies it to wherever you drop it.  Various others may involve right-mouse clicking or holding down the option button to get a context menu (for the Apple Mac) then choosing Save Image As, or Save Linked Image As depending on whether or not a link is being used or an actual image has the operation performed on it.

The “best” thing to do is to have a window/folder open, with the browser that contains the Web page where the image desired is found, click on the image once it is opened, then dragging it over to the open window/folder.  The image will be copied/stored wherever you store them in this step.  Repeat this process until you have all of the images you wish to use either as a Background/Wallpaper or Screensaver.

What To Do To Make Them A Background/Wallpaper

Once you know or have the general idea of where the images are which you want to choose for the background, this becomes a very quick and simple item to perform.

Windows Vista/7 Users
For Windows Vista/7 users, go to the image where you can see the thumbnail, right mouse click on the image to bring up the context menu, choose “Set as Desktop Background”.

Windows 98 and XP Users
For Windows XP and 98 users, this will require that you most likely go to the Control Panel, or right-mouse click on the desktop choosing Display Properties.  Click on the Desktop tab, then choose Browse button.  Locate the photo you would like to use as the backgroud, select it, then click OK. Modify settings such as picture size, etc.  Click OK, Click OK.

For Mac OS X (10.3 and 10.4), go to System Preferences (on the Apple menu) and choose Desktop & Screen Saver (in Personal): Desktop (control-clicking the desktop and choosing Change Desktop Background… from the pop-up menu will also get you there), then click Choose Folder… (in the left panel) and select the folder in which you saved the picture. Click the picture in the right panel to display it as your desktop background. Recent versions of Mac OS X also provide options for displaying different pictures at different times.

For Mac OS X (10.1 and 10.2), from the Apple menu, select System Preferences: Desktop, then choose a picture. For 10.0, from the Finder menu, select Preferences, then choose a picture.

On an earlier Mac (operating systems prior to Mac OS X), from the Apple menu, select Control Panels: Appearance: Desktop, or Control Panels: Desktop Pictures: Picture, then choose a picture (control-clicking the desktop, and choosing Change Desktop Background… from the pop-up menu, is another way to get to the same control panels). You can also drag a folder of desktop pictures onto the virtual desktop in the control panels described above to have your Mac display a different picture, chosen randomly, each time you start up.

Additional Mac Resourcehttp://macs.about.com/od/switchersnewusers/qt/wallpaper.htm

What To Do To Make Them Your Screensaver

You can create a personalized screen saver by displaying selected pictures as a slide show when you aren’t actively using your computer.

Windows Vista/7 Instructions

To use pictures as a screen saver

  1. Open Screen Saver Settings by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type screen saver, and then click Change screen saver.
  2. Under Screen saver, click the list, and then click Photos.
  3. To change one or more of the screen saver settings, click Settings, and then do one or more of the following:
    • To specify the photos to use for your screen saver, click Browse, choose the folder that contains the pictures you want to use, and then click OK.
    • To change the speed which the photos change in the slide show, click the list next to Slide show speed, and then choose a speed.
    • To have the pictures appear in a random order, select the Shuffle pictures check box.
  4. Click Save to save the setting changes you made. Click OK in the Screen Saver Settings dialog box.

Windows 98 and XP Users

For Windows XP and 98 users, this will require that you most likely go to the Control Panel, or right-mouse click on the desktop choosing Display Properties.  Click on the Screen Saver tab, then choose “My Picture Slideshow” from the drop-down list.  Click the Settings button to open the “My Pictures Screen Saver Options” window.  Click the Browse button to choose the file containing the images you want to use.  Modify settings such as picture size, etc.  Click OK, Click OK.

Apple Mac Users

  1. Click the ‘System Preferences’ icon in the Dock, or select ‘System Preferences’ from the Apple menu.
  2. Click the ‘Desktop & Screen Saver’ icon in the Personal section of the System Preferences window.
  3. Click the ‘Screen Saver’ tab.
    • The Screen Saver has three main areas: a list of available screen saver modules a preview window that shows what a selected screen saver looks like; and various controls and buttons for configuring the selected screen saver.
    • The Screen Saver area contains a scrollable list of screen saver modules.
    • The Preview window displays the currently selected screen saver, showing you how the screen saver will look once it’s activated.
  4. Once you make your selections, you can close the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences pane.

Additional Mac Resourcehttp://macs.about.com/od/switchersnewusers/qt/screensaver.htm

For Windows Users – Screensaver Software

For those that would like to have some additional features, there are several good “Slideshow” screensaver software packages on the Web.  One that has been used a number of times is gPhotoShow Free which can be downloaded from http://www.gPhotoShow.com.  The package is free and contains a well balanced set of features.

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