Digital photo frames are a fabulous way to display your photos. You can sit back, relax and gaze at a constant slide show of your favorite images. But you don’t need to buy a digital photo frame, you’re looking at one (that is, if you’re reading this on a computer).
Changing your computer into a digital photo frame is easy. In Windows 7, go to:
Start >> Control Panel >> Personalization >> Screen Saver
When you click on Screen Saver, the Screen Saver Settings window will appear.
To turn your Screen Saver into a digital photo frame, choose Windows Live Photo Gallery from the left drop-down menu:
By default, the Screen Saver will show all of your pictures from either your Windows Live Photo Gallery or the “My Pictures” folder. But what if you have some pictures on your computer that you don’t want the world to see? Or what if you only want to display photos from a specific album?
You can select the pictures you want the Screen Saver to display by choosing “Settings”. The Windows Live Photo Gallery Screen Saver Settings window will appear. This window shows you which folder will be used for your Screen Saver photos. To choose a different folder, click Browse and then choose the folder with the pictures you want to see in your Screen Saver.
You can also choose different fun effects under “Use this theme” and how rapidly you want the pictures to change. Click “Shuffle contents” if you don’t want your pictures to appear in order.
After you’ve made your selections, click Save and you will be taken back to the Screen Saver Settings window. From there you can adjust the amount of idle time before the Screen Saver appears (the default is 15 minutes) and turn the login requirement on or off.
Click “Preview” to start the Screen Saver and show you how your new digital photo frame will appear. To exit from the Preview, just move your mouse or click a keyboard key and you will be taken back to the Screen Saver Settings window.
To activate the Screen Saver, click Apply. Your Screen Saver will now be a digital photo frame.
Do you enjoy digital photo frames? Do you like watching your images appear on a screen? Do you prefer your photos to appear randomly or in order? Let us know in the Comments section below!
*Scottish castle image by Martin Sojka