Q&A, Oct 2

Q&A, Oct 2

Q. Microsoft Word 2016 comes with plenty of templates, but none of them are quite what I want. Is there a way to modify one of the stock business letters into a multipage document with my own letterhead?

Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows and Mac comes with a variety of page templates you can use to create different types of documents like letters, reports, résumés, brochures, labels and fliers.

If you have not found a template that suits your needs, you can modify one and save it. You can also look in the online template library on Microsoft’s site at templates.office.com, or you can create your own template from scratch.

To design your own template, create a new Word document just as you normally would and set it up as letterhead with your name, address, logo graphics, headers and footers, and anything else you want. You can insert a page break and put in placeholder text to create a multipage file.

When the document looks the way you want it, go to the File menu and select Save As.

In the Save As box in the Windows version of Word, choose the option to store the file on your computer and give it a recognizable name, as you normally would with a new document. In the Save as Type menu, click the drop-down menu and choose Word Template instead of the regular document format.

Click the Save button to store the new template in Word’s folder for custom Office templates. (In Word 2016 for Mac, go to the File menu and choose Save as Template.)

Later, when you want to use your new letterhead template, open Word. In the Windows version, go into the File menu to New, choose Personal and select your template. In the Mac edition, go to the File menu, choose New from Template and select your creation from the thumbnails.

A new document opens based on your template design, and this time you can save it as a standard Word document and start writing.

Q. I thought Instagram now lets you post photos that aren’t in the standard square format, but it’s still cropping my pictures. Also, is it changing the resolution of my original image when I upload it?

A. Instagram supports photos in the rectangular landscape and portrait orientations — as long as you switch it from the default square shape before you upload the file. To do that, tap the round gray arrow icon in the bottom corner of the image preview.

Instagram’s help guide says the service supports photos and videos only with aspect ratios between 1.91:1 (a horizontal wide-screen/landscape shape) and 4:5 (a vertical portrait shape); the traditional square shape has an aspect ratio of 1:1.

If the photo you upload is not in one of Instagram’s supported aspect ratios, it will be cropped automatically.

As for the image quality, Instagram does not change the picture resolution if the photo has a width from 320 to 1,080 pixels, as long as the file is in one of the supported aspect ratios.

Small, low-resolution photos are enlarged to a width of 320 pixels when you upload them to the service, which may distort them.

Most decent smartphones these days take fairly high-resolution resolution photos — 12-megapixel (or better) cameras are common now in the flagship models from Apple, Google, LG, Samsung and other companies.

The photos these mobile cameras can produce are typically much larger than 1,080 pixels wide, but if you upload a picture that is bigger than Instagram’s requirements, the service resizes the image to meet the maximum 1,080-pixel width.

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