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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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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.

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