Making Slides on a Windows-based computer

The following procedure describes how to make slides from UpToDate® on a Windows-based computer:

  1. Open a graphic image (such as a picture, table, graph, or histology) by clicking its link in a topic —OR— click on a graphic image from within the Graphics search results thumbnail view and then click Full view.

    Graphic image

  2. Make a screen capture of the image by pressing the Alt and Print Screen keys simultaneously.
  3. Open the Microsoft Paint program as follows: Choose Programs (Windows XP) or All Programs (Windows Vista or Windows 7) from the Start menu, choose Accessories, then choose Paint.
  4. Paste the screen capture into Paint by choosing Paste from the Edit menu.
  5. Select the part of the image that you want to use as follows: Click the Select button (Button), then click and drag on the image to enclose the desired area inside the dashed lines, as shown in the following example.

    using MS Paint to make slides

  6. From the Edit menu, choose Copy.
  7. From the File menu, choose New, then click No in response to the prompt that asks if you want to save changes. This clears the current content.
  8. From the Edit menu, choose Paste to display the final version of the edited image.
  9. Save the edited image as follows: Choose Save As from the File menu, specify the location in which you want to save the image file, and click Save.
  10. Open your presentation program (Microsoft PowerPoint is the program used in these instructions).

    Note: Some presentation programs provide slide templates that allow space for inserting pictures and clip art. We recommend that you use these templates.

  11. From the Insert menu, choose Picture, then choose From File.
  12. In the Insert Picture dialogue box, locate the image file that you saved, click on the image file, and click the Insert button.

The inserted image appears on your slide. You can then drag the boxes in the corner of the picture to resize the image, if necessary. We recommend that you keep the original size of the image in your presentation, as increasing or decreasing the size may result in a loss of image quality.

Note: When making slides from UpToDate®, be sure to include a source reference to UpToDate and its copyright notice.