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Use photos in Windows XP's 3D Flying Objects

If you're familiar with Windows XP's My Pictures Slideshow screen saver to display photos of loved ones, here's a twist that you might find interesting. Greg Shultz shows how you can use photos to add texture.

If you're familiar with Windows XP's My Pictures Slideshow screen saver to display photos of loved ones, here's a twist that you might find interesting -- you can use a photo for the texture in the 3D Flying Objects screen saver. Here's how:

  1. Locate the photo you want to use in this screen saver, load it into a graphics program, and save it as a BMP file. (BMP is the only file type the 3D Flying Objects screen saver will allow you to select.)
  2. Right-click on the desktop, select Properties, select the Screen Saver tab, and select 3D Flying Objects from the Screen Saver drop-down list.
  3. Click the Settings button and select Textured Flag from the Style drop-down list.
  4. Click the Texture button and use the Choose Texture File dialog box to locate and select your photo.
  5. Crank up Resolution and Size sliders to the Max setting and click OK to close the 3D Flying Objects Setting dialog box.
  6. Click the Preview button to test your new screen saver, then click OK to enable it.

Note: This tip applies to Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.

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About

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

38 comments
Derek Cullen
Derek Cullen

Excellent article. Can someone please tell me how to save amended flag for use on other computers? Thanks

vishalsuvagia
vishalsuvagia

nice tip buddy keep goin wid r n d's n help us bro

starryknight
starryknight

This has always worked on every Windows version since Flying Objects first appeared. I was doing that one at least since Windows 98 and maybe even 95.

scottmayer
scottmayer

How do you restore the original flying flag? When I opened the dialog box to choose a file, it had lanmannt listed as the file name in the Windows folder. When I want to put back the original Windows flag, there is no lanmannt file in that folder. I did a search for all BMP and nothing comes up that looks like what I want. Need instructions on how to go back? Thanks

vraju5
vraju5

very nice thank you sir

lefflerster
lefflerster

Great, but how do you restore the original flying flag? When I opened the dialog box to choose a file, it had lanmannt listed as the file name in the Windows folder. When I want to put back the original Windows flag, there is no lanmannt file in that folder. I did a search for all BMP and nothing comes up that looks like what I want. I also tried a System Restore from earlier today, but XP said no changes were made to system. Any thoughts on how to go back?

deyamag
deyamag

Thank you, It is new.

duane_inge
duane_inge

I'M WITH THE FIRST GUY, HOW CAN I UNDO IT AND GET MY REGULAR FLAG BACK?

Eddie11755
Eddie11755

Hey Guy's You can also play in 3D Pipes as well, select the 3D Pipes in the screen saver window, under surface style select Textured, then click on Choose texture, now you can use the following texture file format's (*bmp;jpg;png).. My Pref was a $100.00 bill in a Jpg format that I googled. Enjoy Eddie11755

IT_Girl_47
IT_Girl_47

Thank you very much for the tip! Learn something new everyday!

read
read

I seem to recall doing this in 95, but maybe it was 98 or even as far back as 3.1, I guess my memory is going when it comes to remembering useless information.

hllcal
hllcal

lol!!! nice trick, like it

design
design

This goes back to Win98 Plus - You could even do it on the maze walls. It is a great way to put a corporate destop look to a workstation, especially when viewed in public Size up a logo or product image as a bmp and it blows some customers away.

stephanisat
stephanisat

to impress my friends and colleagues. Thanks for the tip.

mcgowanf
mcgowanf

Very cute! I've wondered what "textures" were, but never found the need to explore. Now I know, and it works like a charm. Thanks.

kitt2964
kitt2964

That is really cool, and easy. As long as I've had Windows XP I never knew you could do that. Excellent.

jaykays
jaykays

A very nice little tip thanks, just a shame the flag can't be a bigger size. Jon (uk)

lforbez
lforbez

Screensaver>Settings. Select Windows Logo from Object / Style menu and click OK

vraju5
vraju5

really a wonderful inbuilt option today i knew very nice thank you

lefflerster
lefflerster

I figured it out. It was simpler than it "appeared".

aldisp
aldisp

It seems that most of the people have never been curious, and have been afraid of the evil Windows, never clicking on anything unfamiliar! I agree with the previous remark - this feature has been there for quite some time. Cannot say I have used it much, but I definitely knew it. And there is no special knowledge needed in order to use it! BTW, though XnView is a heavyweight compared to IrfanView, I like that one better...

jda_jon
jda_jon

Simple Tips make things better!!! Some more :-)

kyhilbly
kyhilbly

Does anyone know why the "texture" button is grayed out in the 3D flying Objects screen saver for everything EXCEPT the textured flag object? I'm running Xp Pro w/sp3 (32-bit) on a 64 X2 Dual-Core 3800+ w/MMX, 3DNow (2.0GHz) and a BioStar K8M800 Micro AM2 ATX mobo. My graphics card: nVidia GeForce 7300 GT AGP (512 MB DDR2) ForceWare driver version: 93.71 Video BIOS version: 5.73.22.51.61 Processor: G73 Bus: AGP 8x / IRQ 16 Driver version: 6.14.10.9371 DVI, VGA, HDTV (1080i, component) Max Res: 2048x1536 @ 85Hz (32-bit color) Max Refresh rate: 240Hz I Googled it and didn't find ANY info on the button being grayed out...thank you in advance!

Gustnadoex
Gustnadoex

This looks excellent with my florida Gators flag! Go Gators!

whitenomad454
whitenomad454

Infranview is a great one to use, and it's free.

golncor
golncor

nice that you got it but how about providing the solution for others.

golncor
golncor

a thread crapper and try to bust on people!? I have used windows since the beginning and consider myself quite an explorer but there are alot of things you don't use and thusly never find some of the quirky things that can be done with them. People are not 'afraid of the evil windows', they just don't use alot of the extras that are given to them.

JPru22
JPru22

I second that. Old news!!

seanferd
seanferd

Texture being the image used to surface the object.

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