How to Print Multiple Photo Layouts from Windows XP

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Windows XP has a built-in Photo Printing Wizard to help you print multiple photos in several common layouts. Windows will automatically rotate and crop the pictures to fit the layout you choose. You can also choose how many copies of each picture you want to print. The layouts available include Full Page Prints, Contact Sheets, 8 x 10, 5 x 7, 4 x 6, 3.5 x 5, and Wallet print sizes.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time Required: Five Minutes

How to Print Multiple Photo Layouts from Windows XP

  1. Open My Computer and navigate to the folder containing the pictures you wish to print.
  2. In the toolbar at the top of My Computer, make sure Search and Folders are not selected so you can see the tasks panel to the left of the files list.
  3. To make it easier to select your pictures, you may want to choose Thumbnails from the View menu.
  4. Select the group of files that you wish to print. Use Shift or Ctrl to select additional files.
  5. In the tasks panel, click on Print the selected pictures under Picture Tasks. The Photo Printing Wizard will appear.
  6. Click Next.
  7. In the Picture Selection screen, Windows will show you thumbnails of the photos you selected for printing. If you want to change your mind, uncheck the boxes for any photos you do not wish to include in the print job.
  8. Click Next.
  9. In the Printing Options screen, select your printer from the menu.
  10. Click printing preferences and set up your printer for the appropriate paper and quality settings. This screen will vary in appearance depending on your printer.
  11. Click OK to confirm your printing preferences, then Next to continue the Photo Printing Wizard.
  12. In the Layout Selection screen, you can select and preview the available layouts. Click on a layout to preview it.
  13. If you want to print more than one copy of each picture, change the amount in the Number of times to use each picture box.
  14. Make sure your printer is turned on and loaded with the appropriate paper.
  15. Click Next to send the print job to your printer.


  1. If the folder containing pictures is inside your My Pictures folder, you can simply select the folder and choose Print pictures from the task panel.
  2. To make the Print Pictures task available for other folders on your system, right-click the folder, choose Properties > Customize and set the folder type to Pictures or Photo Album.
  3. Windows will center the pictures and automatically crop them to fit the picture size chosen. For more control over photo placement, you should crop in a photo editor or other printing software.
  4. All pictures in the layout must be the same size. To combine different size and different picture in a single layout, you may want to look into dedicated photo printing software.
  5. If you're using Windows classic folders, you won't have a tasks panel. Go to Tools > Folder Options > General > Tasks to verify or change your preferences.