Free Photo Resizing

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I'm having trouble resizing photos with my camera's software. Do you have any suggestions for a better way to do this?

FastStone's Photo Resizer ( http://bit.ly/11xJ2) is a free program you can use to quickly convert the sizes or formats of single images or groups of images. It also contains some basic editing tools, including rotating and cropping.

After installation, open the program and select the location of the images you want to convert. Click to choose the image or images (in the left column) that you want to convert. Click the Add button (in the upper right) and a selected image will appear. You will find editing tools in the lower right.

Though the focus of my test was resizing an image, image formats can also be changed just as easily by selecting a format from the Output Format menu.

For Web-based resizing, ShrinkPictures.com enables you to reduce the size of digital photos. No software installation is required and the service is free. Resize2Mail.com is a similar service, also free. PIX Resizer ( http://bit.ly/1oiQvc) will resize a group of photos in one swell foop. All you have to do is create a new folder for the resized pictures. It is also free.

Can you use a printer with an iPad or iPhone?

A. Yes, using an AirPrint compatible printer ( http://bit.ly/ruT5I4) makes printing from the iPhone or iPad a snap. AirPrint-compatible printers are wireless printers approved by Apple to work with any iDevice. It required about three minutes to get my Epson Artisan 730 printer up and running by simply following the instructions that came with the printer. I use this printer primarily for printing photos from my iPhone and iPad, but I also use it occasionally for printing email and an occasional ransom note.

There are also third-party apps such as Printopia ( http://bit.ly/aoJiBg). or PrintCentral ( http://bit.ly/UkqkCn) or go to the Apple App Store and search for other apps that will enable printing to a non AirPrint wireless printer.

I use Yahoo as my home page, but when I go from a Web site back to what should be my home page using the little “house” icon button, MySearch.com appears instead of the Yahoo page. How do I get my Yahoo page back? I'm using Internet Explorer.

Go to the Web page that you would like to use as your browser's start or home page. When that page appears, click Tools > Internet Options > General tab. The first section is the Home Page so click the Use Current button and the URL of the page displayed as your home page will pop into the Address field.

Click Apply > OK, then close and re-open your browser. Your Yahoo page will now appear as your home or start page when you open your browser and when you click the little “house” icon.

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