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As you begin to work on your Movie Maker projects, the last thing you might want to do before you really get into things is to adjust your view, and that's what we're going to talk about right now. The user interface is customizable. We're going to start with our Preview pane, versus the storyboard. Now we already know down in the bottom right-hand corner of the storyboard here, we have the Zoom time scale option. So we can click and drag the slider to the right. It doesn't make the thumbnails any bigger, but it does increase the view of our timeline.
So if we see a seven-second shot of an individual photo, we can see that that's actually stretched out now. It's twice as long as it was. We might want to drag that back. You can see it gets a little smaller. So this is the timeline we're zooming in to. We can also go up to the View tab on the Ribbon, and use the Zoom in and Zoom out options. As we zoom in, you'll see the same effect. Now we're kind of stretching out our timeline. This is very handy if we want to get to specific locations in a photo or a video for editing.
If we wanted to cut out certain parts, we can zoom in to the timeline to better see those areas. We can also reset back to the way it was when we started. Now the thumbnails themselves can also be increased or decreased in size by clicking the Thumbnail Size button. If you want to go to a larger icon, you can see what happens. It gives you a better view of the thumbnails, so you know what you're working with. You can go all the way up to extra large icons if you want. Now, if you've got many, many photos and video clips as part of your project, you'll probably want to bring those back down.
You can go as far as extra small icons, which makes it very difficult to see what you're working with, so let's go back to Medium. Now, we can also access our preview full screen view from here by clicking Preview Full Screen, or F11. You'll be able to see a preview of your project in its current state. As you move your mouse around, you do get some options that appear across the top. You also have navigation buttons for going backwards and forwards through the various frames. You can pause the movie, and at anytime, you can press Escape or click Back to Movie Maker to go back to the previous view.
The other thing you can do is adjust the actual Preview and Storyboard panes. This little separator in between the two, when you move your mouse over, turns into a double arrow. So if you want more Preview window and less storyboard, click and drag to the right. You can see the Preview pane getting bigger and bigger, and we have less and less room for our storyboard. Of course, you can always go back to the left to create more storyboard and less preview. So just simply adjust that to your liking. When you're done, let go, and you've adjusted your view.
You're ready now to really get in to the features and functions of Movie Maker.
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