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It's probably safe to assume that you want to share many of your digital photos with your friends and family. For those times when the people with whom you want to share your pictures aren't sitting with you in front of your computer, Windows Live Photo Gallery offers several options. So let's take a quick tour through them. First, start by selecting the photos you want to share. I'll choose those three, and then you'll find several options for ways to share these photos under the Publish menu like Online album, Group album, and Event album. Now these options require you to have a Windows Live ID account. If I select Online album for example, that prompts me to sign in to my Windows Live account.
If you don't have a Windows Live account, you can sign up for one by clicking Sign up and then following the directions. I'm just going to cancel that for now. Also under Publish, if you choose More Services, you'll find the option to publish to your Flickr account if you have one. Flickr is one of the most popular online photo sharing services and you can read more about it by going to flickr.com. Let me select my photos again. Next, we have E-mail, which with a single click attaches your selected photos to a new email message. All you have to do here is fill out the To and Subject fields, maybe type a short message, and you can see the photos are already attached to the email here.
Next to the Attach icon which looks like a paperclip, you can see my three photos are attached to this email. I'll go ahead and close that. If you remember the good old days when people actually printed their photos, well, you can still do that too under the Print button. You can choose to either print to your own printer by choosing Print or pressing Ctrl+P, or you can select Order Prints to select from several different services to which you can upload your photos to have them printed professionally. Some of these services like CVS/ pharmacy and Fujifilm let you pick up your prints from local centers in about an hour.
Others will mail them to you in a few days. Cancel that. Now, if you have a lot of photos to share, you can also click the Make menu and select Burn a DVD or Burn a data CD, either of which will walk you through the process of copying your selected photos to a DVD or CD, which you can then handoff to someone else so they can checkout the photos on their own computer, or you can use these options to create backups of your own photos for yourself. So as you can see there are many options here in Photo Gallery for sharing your photos, and you'll probably find yourself using several of these features on the many occasions when you'll want to share your pictures with others.
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