If you have a printer connected to your computer, you can make prints of digital pictures. The quality of your prints depends upon a number of factors, including the type of printer paper, your choice of ink, and printer settings. You can control many of these settings when you print the picture, but also keep in mind that the overall quality and resolution of the digital picture you are printing will affect your final result.

  1. Open Windows Photo Gallery by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Photo Gallery.

  2. Click the picture you want to print.

    To select more than one picture, hold down the CTRL key while you click the pictures that you want to select.

  3. On the toolbar, click Print, and then click Print.

  4. In the Print Pictures dialog box, select the printer, paper size, print quality, print style, and number of copies you want to print.

    Picture of the Print Pictures dialog box
    The Print Pictures dialog box
  5. When you are finished choosing how you want to print your pictures, click Print to start printing.


  • You can also print pictures from the Pictures folder.

  • The aspect ratio of a digital picture usually does not match the printed page, so your pictures might have blank borders to ensure that they print in their entirety. Select the Fit picture to frame check box to print without any borders. If you choose this option, however, part of the picture might be cut off.

    Illustration showing how Fit picture to frame affects printed pictures
    A picture before and after using Fit picture to frame