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Weekly Computer Tip # 66
15 May 2004

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Resize a picture (Microsoft FrontPage)

When you have a large picture that might take a long time to download you can resize it by changing its height and width properties. You can also resize the graphic directly by selecting it, and then resize it by clicking and dragging the handles on the graphic. (To resize the graphic and preserve its proportions - its aspect ratio -, drag a corner handle. When you drag a side handle, the graphic will be distorted.) However,

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You can use FrontPage to create a so-called thumbnail, which is a small version of a picture that a site visitor clicks in order to follow a hyperlink to the full-size picture.

Here's how:

  1. In Page view, select the picture by clicking on it.
  2. On the Pictures toolbar at the bottom of the page, click Auto Thumbnail (3rd button from the left). Please note that Auto Thumbnail will be unavailable if the picture you selected is already smaller than a thumbnail, if the picture has a hyperlink or so-called hotspots set for it, or if the picture is an animation.

FrontPage creates the thumbnail picture and a hyperlink to the original full-size picture. You can change the thumbnail's hyperlink properties or picture properties as normal, for example to remove or modify the hyperlink or change the size or borders of the thumbnail.

When you save the page, Microsoft FrontPage prompts you to save the original full-size picture as well as the thumbnail.

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