Forwarding Emails in Gmail

Say that your friend sends you a funny joke to your Gmail account.  You want to share it with your friends in the same way, but you don’t want to send it back to the friend who sent it, and you don’t want to have to create a new message and write the joke out again yourself.  That’s where “forwarding” is useful.

What is email forwarding?

“Forwarding” simply means sending an email that you received to someone other than the person from whom you received it, without having to rewrite the whole email. 

Think about it like being a runner in a relay race.  Your first teammate runs around the track with the baton, and then passes the baton to you.  You don’t have to go get an entirely new baton; you just take the one that your teammate gives you, run around the track, and then pass it on to your next teammate. 

Forwarding works in the same general way: you just take an email that someone already wrote to you, and pass it on to someone else.

How to Forward an Email in Gmail

The process for forwarding an email with Gmail is very similar to replying to one.

  1. Go to www.gmail.com and log in (if you haven’t already). When you get to your main “Inbox” screen, click on the conversation (but not on the three buttons on the left of it) that contains the email that you wish to forward.
      Select a conversation to forward an email from    
  2. Now, at the box at the bottom of the screen, you can click Forward to forward the last email in the conversation. Additionally, you can forward any email that is visible in the conversation (remember, click the grey collapsed preview of an email — or the sender or date it was received, if that’s easier to remember — to make it visible or invisible) by clicking the   next to the  in the upper-right corner of the message, and then selecting Forward from the drop-down menu that appears.

Forward an email in a conversation

    1. The box at the bottom of the screen should look similar to the screenshot below. Note that it looks almost the same as when you used the “Reply” function, but with a few key differences.

      How to compose a forwarded email

      The most obvious one is that the email you are forwarding has been cut-and-pasted into the Composition Box, so you don’t have to re-type it yourself.  You can, however, add any of your own comments by clicking in this box and typing on your keyboard. 

      The other main difference is that there are no names or addresses in the Recipients (“To”)  Unlike with the “Reply” function, Gmail can’t guess who you’re going to be sending the forwarded email to, so you’ll have to click in this bar and type in their names or addresses yourself.

      Other than that, you can do with a forwarded email most of what you can do with other types of email you write on Gmail:

        • Click CC or BCC to select recipients of carbon copies or blind carbon copies
        • Click Formatting Options and change how parts of the message look
        • Click Attachments to send a file on your computer along with the email message
        • Click Discard if you change your mind and want to stop writing the email and keep that hilarious joke to yourself (because, you know, one of your friends might find it offensive).
    2. Once you’ve done everything you want to with your email, click Send, and off it goes!
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How to Create an Account on Gmail

The first step to using Gmail is creating a Google Account. This will allow you to access and use all of Google’s different services without having to log into each one of them separately. And, of course, one of the services that you can log into with a Google Account is Gmail!  Here’s how to do it.

  1. Open your Internet browser, click the address bar, and type in www.gmail.com. It will redirect you to a page that looks like the one below. Click Create Account to get started.
  2. You’ll want to pay attention to the box on the right-hand side here. Click in the boxes and type in the information requested on your keyboard, or select it by clicking on it. You’ll need to provide your first and last name, a user name (between 6 and 30 characters), a password, a copy of the password, your birthday (month, day, and year) and your gender. You can also supply your phone number and previous email address, if applicable.

    Next, pass the security check by clicking in the box marked “Type the Text” and type in the numbers and/or letters you see in the image above the box. Then click the drop-down menu marked “Location” and choose the country you live in. Finally, click the check box below that to say that you agree to use your Gmail account in accordance with Google’s rules.

    When you’re done all of that, click Next Step.

  3. The next screen will show you what your profile picture will look like, and ask you if you want to set up your account profile in detail.  If you want to skip this and just go right to Gmail, click No Thanks.
  4. The new screen will confirm your account creation by showing you your new Gmail email address.  Just click Continue to Gmail to proceed.

After this, you will be taken to your main “Inbox” screen. Congratulations! You now have your very own Gmail account! Be sure to check out our other tutorials to see all of the neat stuff that you can do with Gmail! Better yet, use what you now know to help your friends or family set up their own accounts, if they don’t have one already.


Flickr Settings

There are a lot of different settings that you can tinker with on Flickr.  You can change how your profile looks, who can see your stuff, what emails you get from Flickr, and whether or not your photos are shared to other social networks. 

To adjust your settings, go to www.flickr.com in your web browser and log in.  Then, click your profile picture in the top-right corner to open a drop-down menu, and then click Settings.

The Flickr settings function

Categories of Flickr settings

There are four general categories of settings that you can change: Personal Information (default), Privacy and Permissions, Emails and Notifications, and Sharing and Extending.  Click one to edit the settings for that category.

Personal Information

These settings affect what information of yours is (or appears) on Flickr, and who can see it.

Flickr personal information settings

View Your Order History / Manage Your Subscriptions — View and manage your subscription to Flickr Pro, as well as any “creations” based on your photos that you have purchased from Flickr.  You can also add and edit your billing information here.

Your Safety Level — Here you can see the general audience settings for your photos and videos on Flickr, as determined by the Flickr staff.  “Safe” means that anyone can view and share them.  “Moderate” or “Restricted” means that it is more difficult to find and share your photos (depending on other people’s settings).

(NOTE: This setting may not be available unless you have at least 5 pictures on Flickr.)

Your Buddy Icon — Click Edit to replace your profile picture.  You can replace it with a photo that you’ve uploaded to Flickr, or one that you upload directly from your computer.

Your Screen Name — Click Edit to change the name that represents you on Flickr.

Your Profile — Click Edit to go to a new page where you can change the information in your profile, or click View Your Profile Page to see how your profile looks now.  You can also click Edit Who Can See What to choose who can view your email address, instant messaging user names, real name, or the city in which you currently live.  Or, click If It’s Searchable to decide whether or not your profile or photos can be found by searching on Flickr itself or through third-party applications.

Your Flickr Web Address — Click Create Your Own Memorable Flickr Web Address to create a custom Internet address for your profile.  If you decide to create one, you can’t change it later, so put some thought into it first!

Your Yahoo Account — Click Edit Your Yahoo Password to change your password for Flickr (and any other Yahoo-owned services that you may be using).  You can also click Edit Your Yahoo Preferences to change your information and settings for your overall Yahoo account.  Finally, you can click Use A Different Yahoo ID For This Flickr Account if you have a different Yahoo account that you want to use to manage your account.

Your Flickr Account — Click Delete Your Flickr Account to begin the process of deleting your account.  See our how to delete your Flickr account tutorial for complete instructions.

Privacy and Permissions

These settings control who can see your information and photos on Flickr, and what Flickr or its users can do with your photos or information.

Flickr privacy and permission settings

Who Can Access Your Original Image Files? — Click Edit to change who can view and download the original image files of the photos that you put on Flickr.

Largest Shared Image Size — Click Edit to change how large your photos appear on Flickr.  This might be useful if you are using the service on a smaller screen, such as on a tablet computer or mobile phone.

Who Can Add You To A Photo? — Click Edit to determine who is allowed to indicate that you are in a photo that has been uploaded.

Printing — Click Edit to change who is allowed to make and purchase “creations” using your photos, and select the country that Flickr should ship “creations” to if you decide to order something yourself.

Allow Your Stuff to be Added to A Gallery — Click Edit to decide whether or not other people can add your photos and videos to “galleries”, custom groups of photos and videos (theirs and other people’s) that revolve around a certain theme.

Hide Your EXIF Data — Click Edit to decide whether or not you want people who view your photos to be able to see the type of camera that you took each photo with.

Show Which Application You Used for Uploading — Click Edit to decide whether or not to show what program you used to upload each of your  photos (e.g. Flickr’s website, the Flickr Uploadr program, the Flickr mobile application, etc.).

Hide Your Stuff From Public Searches — Click Edit to decide whether or not people can find your photos and videos on Flickr through common search engines, such as Google Search, Microsoft Bing, or DuckDuckGo.

Hide Your Profile From Public Searches — Click Edit to control whether or not people can find your profile using common search engines, such as Google Search, Microsoft Bing, or DuckDuckGo.

Who Can See What on Your Profile — Click Edit to determine who can see your email address, instant messaging name(s), real name, or current city of residence.  Or, click Edit Your IM Names, Real Name, or Current City to edit your profile.

Make Your Photos Eligible for Invitation by Getty Images? — Click Edit to decide whether or not you want to potentially receive invitations from Getty Images to buy the rights to your photos.

Show Autotags — Click Edit to decide whether or not you want to allow Flickr to automatically add “tags” to your photos, which are descriptive keywords that make your photos easier to search for.

Who Will be Able to See, Comment On, Add Notes, or Add People — Click Edit to change who can see, comment on, add notes to, or mark people in your photos after you upload them.

What License Will Your Content Have — Click Edit to change the license that your photos will have when you upload them.  This changes how other people are allowed to use your photos (e.g. change them or use them in a work with or without the purpose of making money).

Who Will Be Able to See Your Stuff on A Map — Click Edit to determine who can see photos that you upload that include information about where they were taken.

Import EXIF Location Data — Some cameras can automatically add information to a photo regarding where the photo was taken.  Click Edit to decide whether or not you want this information to be included when you upload your photos.

What Safety Level and Content Type Will Your Photostream Have — Click Edit to choose general settings for the classification of images that you’ll be uploading to Flickr, and who your images are appropriate for (or not).

Search Settings — Click Edit to determine if you only want to see “Safe”-rated photos as search results on Flickr, or are okay with seeing “Moderate” or even “Restricted” content.  You can also choose whether you want to see only photographs as search results on Flickr, or are okay with seeing illustrations/animations/CGI, screenshots, or videos show up as search results.

Autoplay Videos — Click Edit to decide whether or not you want videos to automatically play when you go to their pages.

Emails and Notifications

These settings control how Flickr can contact you, and what they can contact you about.  They also allow you to use email to quickly move your photos and videos to Flickr or your other social networks.

Flickr email and notification settings

Your Contact Email — Click Edit to change the email address that Flickr will send emails and notifications to.

Notification Emails — Click Edit to decide whether or not you want Flickr to send you emails regarding invitations you receive, people who add you to their contacts, private messages that you’re sent, or reminders on “creations” that you’re working on.

Recent Activity Emails — Click Edit to decide whether or not (or how often) you want to receive emails from Flickr regarding actions that other people take with your photos and videos (such as leaving comments), or your contacts uploading new content.

Your Flickr Upload Email — Click Edit to set up a unique email address that you can send photos to, and have them appear right on your account!

Your Blog Upload Email / Your Flickr2Twitter Upload Email — Click Tell Us A Little About the Blog(s) You Want to Upload To in order to tell Flickr about the details of your Twitter account or other web journal (such as Blogger or WordPress).  Once you get things straightened out, you can send photos to a special email address in order to post them directly to your web journal or Twitter feed through Flickr!

Sharing and Extending

These settings let you set up various ways of sharing your photos, either over social networks or hyperlinks that you place on websites, in emails, and so on.

Flickr sharing and extending settings

Facebook / Twitter / Tumblr — Click Connect beside any of these to log into your respective account and connect it to your account.  This will let you easily post your photos on your social media accounts.  You can disconnect your social media accounts here, too.

Guest Pass History — Click this to see temporary hyperlinks that you have created for others to view your (private) photos. You can click Expire to tell Flickr to make a link stop working.

Your Printing Location — Click Tell Us Where You Are In The World to select what country you live in.  This will let Flickr know where to ship any “creations” that you design with your photos.

Account Links — This is where any third-party applications or services you have authorized to use Flickr will show up.  You can disconnect these services here, if you wish.

Keyboard Shortcuts — Click Edit to decide whether you want to use keyboard shortcuts on Flickr.  For example, pressing the “L” key when you have a photo selected will display it in a pop-up window, or pressing the “?” key will show all shortcuts available.  Turning off keyboard shortcuts may be useful if you are having trouble typing information into text boxes.

 

Those are all of the different settings that you can change on Flickr!  Experiment and see what works for you!


Flickr Groups

Looking to share your snapshots with similar-minded shutterbugs?  Try joining a Flickr group!  When you join a group, you can share your photos with that group, and hold discussions about topics that interest you.  You can even create and manage your own group!

To join, contribute to, and leave a Flickr group

  1. Go to www.flickr.com in your web browser and log in.

  2. Move your mouse cursor over You in the top-left corner and click Groups in the drop-down menu.  If you haven't joined a group before, you can scroll down to see some popular groups that you may want to join.

    Finding and joining a Flickr group

    You can also search for a group by using Flickr's search function (see our Flickr Search tutorial for more on how to do that).  In any event, click Join beside a group that you wish to join.

  3. Sometimes, a window will pop up explaining the group's rules.  If you are okay with them, click I Agree to join the group.  Otherwise, click No Thanks.

    Accepting Flickr group rules

    Unless the group is invitation-only, you will be able to join the group.

  4. Once you are part of a group, you can add a photo to the group by clicking Add Photo beside "Photo Pool".  Click on your photos on the left to add them to your sharing queue, or click your photos when they appear on the right to remove them.  Click Add Photos to add your photo's to the group's pool.

    (NOTE: Be sure to read the group's rules on posting before posting your photos, or they may be taken down.)

    Adding a photo or discussion to a Flickr group

    You can also click Start a Discussion if you want to talk about something; just type in a title and an opening post, and then click Start Topic.  Or, you can click on a topic that has already been posted, and click Reply (first button in the top-right corner of a post) or the reply box at the bottom of the screen and add your feedback.

  5. If you want to leave a group, move your mouse cursor over You in the top-left corner, click Groups, and then click on the name of the group.  This will bring you to the group's page, where you can click the Joined button (which will change to Leave Group).  You will be asked to confirm that you really want to leave the group, and you can use the check box in the window that pops up to decide whether or not you want to remove any photos or videos that you have added to the group before you leave.  Click Leave This Group if you're sure that's what you want to do.

    How to leave a Flickr group

How to create, manage, and delete a Flickr group

  1. Assuming that you're still logged into Flickr, move your mouse cursor over You in the top-left corner, and then click Groups.  In the top-right corner of this page, click Create Group.

    Creating a new Flickr group

  2.  You will be asked to select the privacy level of your group.  There are three options: "Public", "Invitation Only", and "Private".

    Select privacy level for new Flickr group

    "Public" groups can be seen and joined by anyone on Flickr.  "Invitation Only" groups can be seen by anyone on Flickr, but can only be joined by those who have received invitations from other members.  "Private" groups can only be joined by those who are invited, and only current members or invitees can see the group on Flickr.

    Click Create below the type of group that you want to continue.

  3. On the next screen, you will have to name and describe your group, and give it a safety rating.

    Enter new Flickr group information

    Click in the box labelled "What Are You Going to Call It?" and type in a name for your group.  Then click in the box labelled "What's The Group About?" and type in a brief description of your group (this is optional).  Finally, click one of the buttons below "Group Safety Level" and choose whether your group is "Safe for Everyone" or "18+ Only".  When you're finished, click Next.

  4. Next, use the check boxes here to decide whether or not you want people who visit your group (i.e. those who aren't members) to be able to see your group's discussion topics or photos.  Then click Next.

    Privacy options for new Flickr group

    The next screen will let you choose custom names for people who hold different positions in your group.  If you feel like doing so, simply click in the respective box and type in a title for administrators, moderators, or members.  Once your okay with everything, click All Done.

  5. Congratulations on creating your group!  In addition to the usual group functions (such as adding photos and starting or continuing discussions), you'll also have several Administration functions that you can use to set group rules, control how your group appears, and manage who is in your group and what they do.

    Administrator settings for Flickr group

  6. If you want to delete a group, use the Administration options mentioned above to kick everyone else out of the group except yourself.  From there, the process is the same for leaving a group that you don't own (see step 5 in the section above for how to leave a group).

Those are the basics of joining, contributing to, creating, managing, or deleting Flickr groups!


Flickr Albums and Collections

With Flickr, you can create albums in order to put together photos that revolve around a certain theme or event, such as a family vacation or wedding.  You can also create collections to put your albums in a sort of themed timeline, so one flows into the next like a story.

To create an album on Flickr

  1. Go to www.flickr.com in your web browser and log in.

  2. Move your mouse cursor over You in the top-left corner, and then click Camera Roll in the drop-down menu that appears.

    The Flickr Camera Roll

  3. You will now see all of the photos that you have uploaded to Flickr.  Click on the photos that you want to add to your album in order to select them; they'll be outlined in blue and have a check box beside them.  (Click them again to deselect them.)  Then click Add to Album at the bottom of the screen.

    Select and add photos to a Flickr album

  4. A window will pop up, asking you which album you want to add the photos to.  If you want to add the photos to a completely new album, click Create New Album.

    Creating a new Flickr album

  5. You will be asked to give your album a name, and possibly add a short description about it.  Click in the box labelled "Album Title" and type in a name for your album, and then click in the box labelled "Description" and type in a short sentence or paragraph about the photos in the album.  Then click Create Album.

    Enter new Flickr album details

    After creating the album, you will return to the previous screen, where you should click Done.

  6. You can see your albums by moving your mouse cursor over You in the top-left corner and clicking Albums.  You can click on an album to view or edit it, or click on one of the symbols that appear at the bottom when you move your mouse over it to (from left to right) share the album, make a "creation" out of it, download the pictures within it, or delete it.

    Selecting a Flickr album

How to create a collection on Flickr

  1. Assuming that you're still logged into Flickr and have at least two albums, move your mouse cursor over You in the top-left corner and click Organize in the drop-down menu.

    The Flickr Organize function

  2. Click Albums and Collections in the menu across the top, and then beside "Create a New", click Collection.

    Creating a new Flickr collection

  3. A window will pop up asking you to name your collection and give it a bit of a description.  Click in the box labelled "Title" and type in a name for your collection, and then (optionally) click in the box labelled "Description" and type in a short description of your collection's theme.  Then click Create.

    Enter new Flickr collection details

  4. Your new collection will appear in the left-hand menu.  Now, to add an album or other collection to your collection (you can make collections part of other collections, up to 5 layers deep), click and hold the mouse button down on it, move your mouse to the position that you want it to be at in the collection, and then release the mouse button.

    Adding an album to a Flickr collection

  5. If you click the collection's name, you will be given further options.  You can edit its name or description, create or edit a collage of photos from the albums in that collection (very cool feature; try it out), visit the collection's page, or delete the collection.  (Don't worry; deleting a collection won't delete any albums or photos within it.)

    Settings for a Flickr collection

That's a quick how-to for how to build albums and collections in Flickr!


Flickr Search

You can search Flickr for three basic things: photos/videos, people, and groups.  Since photos/videos is primarily what Flickr is about, you will have the most options for narrowing down your search results there.  However, you will also have a few options for sorting and filtering the groups that you search for.

How to search Flickr

  1. Go to www.flickr.com and (optionally) log in.

  2. Click in the search box in the upper-right corner labelled "Photos, People, or Groups" and type in what you're looking for.  Then, click the magnifying glass icon or press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.

    The Flickr search box

  3. By default, you will be searching for Photos; click this if you are searching for something else to go back to searching for photos.  All of your results are displayed on the same screen; simply scroll down for more results.

    Flickr photo search options

    Click the drop-down menu that says "Any License" to select a certain category of licensed photos to search for.  Depending on the license of the photo, you may be able to modify or use it under certain conditions (as is the case with certain Creative-Commons-licensed photos).

    Click the drop-down menu that says "SafeSearch Off" to decide what safety rating of photos you want to see.  On results in you only seeing "Public"-rated photos, Moderate means that you can see "Moderate"-rated photos, and "Off" allows you to see "Restricted"-rating photos.

    Click a colour to see photos are primarily that colour, or click a pattern to see only photos that use that particular technique.

    Click Advanced for more filtering options (shown here), such as photo orientation, minimum size, capture date, whether you're searching for photos and/or videos, and whether you're searching for your keywords everywhere on Flickr or just in "tags".

    Finally, click the drop-down menu labelled "Relevance" to sort your results by how close they match your search terms, when they were captured, or how popular they are among other Flickr users.

  4. To search for other Flickr users, click People.

    Search for people on Flickr

    Click on a user's name to visit their profile, or click the Follow button to track their activity on Flickr (including what they upload and what comments others leave on their photos).

  5. If you're looking for groups on Flickr, click Groups.  (See our Flickr Groups tutorial for more on these.)

    Search for Flickr groups

    Click the check box beside "Hide Inactive Groups" to show or hide groups with few members or little recent activity.  You can also click the drop-down menu marked "Relevant" and choose to sort groups by:

    – how closely they match your search terms
    – their names (in alphabetical order)
    – how recently activity has occurred on them
    – how many members are in the group
    – how long ago the group was formed

    Click on a group's name to go to its profile page (or click the icons below it to immediately see its members, photos, or discussions), or click Join to ask to join the group.

Those are the basics of searching on Flickr!


How to Download Photos from Flickr

While there is no straightforward way to download other people’s pictures from Flickr (though, if they have a Creative Commons license, you may be allowed to), you can easily download any pictures or videos from Flickr that you’ve uploaded yourself.  This is handy if, for instance, you accidentally lose or delete the original copies of the files on your device, and need to replace them. So, to download photos you’ve added to Flickr:

  1. Go to www.flickr.com in your web browser and log in.

  2. Move your mouse cursor over You to make a drop-down menu appear.  Click Camera Roll to view a list of your pictures, organized by the date they were taken.

    The Flickr Camera Roll

  3. Click on the photos that you wish to download in order to select them.  When selected, they will be outlined in blue and have a checkmark on them.  (Click a photo again to deselect it).  When you’ve selected all of the photos that you wish to download, click Download at the bottom of the screen.

    Selecting and downloading Flickr photos

  4. A pop-up will appear confirming the number of photos that you are about to download.  Click Download ZIP.

    Download a ZIP folder of Flickr photos

  5. A download prompt will appear.  Make sure the button beside “Save File” is filled in (click it to do so if it isn’t), and then click OK.

    Save prompt for downloading Flickr photos

  6. An explorer window will pop up, allowing you to choose where you want to save your photos.  Navigate to the location that you want your files downloaded to, and then click Save
    .
    Select location to download Flickr photos

  7. Your photos are in a .ZIP folder, which means that the files are compressed into smaller versions that take up less memory space.  To get them back to regular size, right-click (or hold the “Command” button and click on an Apple computer) on the folder, and then click Extract All.

    Extract downloaded Flickr photos from a ZIP file

  8. A window will appear, asking where you want to extract the files in the folder to.  If you’re okay with where they are right now, just click Extract.  Make sure to have the check box next to “Show Extracted Files When Done” marked (if it’s not, click it to mark it).

    Select location to extract downloaded Flickr photos

  9. Voila!  There are your downloaded Flickr photos, in all their glory!

    Your downloaded Flickr photos

Now you know how to download your photos (and videos) from Flickr if you ever need the original files for some reason!


How to Share Flickr Photos

In our last tutorial, we showed you how to upload your photos to Flickr.  If you don't have any photos (or videos) on Flickr yet, we suggest doing that tutorial first.

Once you have some photos on Flickr, you can share them with other people in emails, or post them to your various social media feeds.  You can share your photos one at a time, or you can share multiple photos in albums, or even your entire Flickr collection!  All your photos, shared from one place… isn't that convenient?

To share photos on Flickr

  1. Go to www.flickr.com in your web browser and log in.

  2. Move your mouse cursor over You, and click Camera Roll.  This will take you to a page containing all of your photos on Flickr, organized by the date that they were taken.

    The Flickr Camera Roll

  3. Click on the photos that you wish to share in order to select them; they will be highlighted in blue and have a checkmark on them.  (Click them again to deselect them.)

    Select and share your Flickr photos

    Once you've selected photos that you wish to share, click the Share button at the bottom of the screen.

  4. A window will pop up asking where you wish to share this photo.  If you click Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, or Pinterest, simply log into the chosen service when you are prompted, and follow the instructions from there.

    Sharing Flickr photos to social media accounts

  5. If you click Mail, then click in the box labelled "Screen Name or Email" and type in a person's email address or user name on Flickr.  Then, if you wish, you can click in the box labelled "Include a Message" and type in a greeting or some sort of explanation about the photo you're sharing.  Then click Share.

    Sharing Flickr photos through email or internal messages

  6. If you want to share multiple photos at once when viewing an Album or your Photostream, look for the Share button and click it (it looks like a curved arrow pointing right).  Then, just follow step 4 or 5.

    Share sets of Flickr photos

 

That's how to share photos on Flickr!  Easy, right?


How to Upload to Flickr

You can simply use Flickr for looking at other people's photos and videos, but you can also upload your own photos and videos to Flickr for others to see!

There are two main ways to upload photos to Flickr.  One way is by using the interface on the Flickr website, which we will cover here.  The other is by using Flickr's "Uploadr" application.

To upload photos to Flickr

  1. Go to www.flickr.com in your web browser and click Sign In in the top-right corner.

    Flickr sign in button

  2. Click in the two boxes and type in your Yahoo user name and your account password (respectively).  Also, unless you are using a computer that only you have access to, you may want to make sure that the check box beside "Keep Me Signed In" is not marked (if it is, click it to unmark it).  This ensures that other people cannot automatically access your Flickr account if they use the same computer as you.  Finish by clicking Sign In.

    Sign into Flickr

  3. Once you're on your main page for Flickr, click the Upload button (the little cloud icon with an arrow inside it) in the top-right corner.

    Upload to Flickr button

  4. When you get to the upload screen, click the Add button in the top-left corner to open an explorer window.  This will let you search through your computer for the photo or video that you want to add.  Click on it to select it, and then click Open.

    Add a photo to the Flickr upload screen

    Repeat this step for any other photos and videos that you want to add to Flickr right now.

  5. For each photo that you want to upload to Flickr, you can click on it to edit its details.  Your currently selected photo(s) will be highlighted with a pink outline.

    Settings for Flickr photos to be uploaded

    You have various options that you can change in the left-hand menu.  They are:

    Add a Description — Click here and type in a more detailed explanation of what's going on in this photo.

    Add Tags — Click here and type in key words that describe the subject matter of your photo (separate each one by a space).  These will make your photo easier to search for.

    Add People — Click here and type in the names or email addresses of your contacts on Yahoo to indicate that they are in this photo.

    Add to Albums — Click here to open a prompt for adding a photo to an album; this includes creating a new album and adding a photo to it.  See our Flickr Albums and Collections tutorial for more about creating albums on Flickr.

    Add to Group — If you are part of a group on Flickr, you can add your photo to that group's collection of photos.  See our Flickr Groups tutorial for more about groups on Flickr.

    Owner Settings — Click to see a series of additional settings, and click Edit beside the setting that you wish to change.  Your options are:

         – License: This changes how other people are allowed to use this photo (e.g. can they copy it?  Modify it?  Use it to sell something?)

         – Privacy: You can choose to make your photo visible to everyone, to just your friends and family, or only you.  Additionally, you can choose whether or not your photo can be searched on Flickr.

         – Content: You can choose a safety rating for your photo, so it will not be visible to certain people if it is sexually or violently explicit.  You can also choose to classify your image as a photo, a screenshot, or some kind of artwork that you've produced.

  6. You also have additional options across the top of the screen.

    Commands for Flickr photos to be uploaded

    Remove — Delete the currently selected photo(s) from the upload queue.

    Size — Choose the preview size of the photo(s) in your upload queue.

    Sort — Sort the photos in your upload queue by alphabetical order, or by how recently they were added to your upload queue.

    All — Select or deselect all photos in your upload queue.

    Info — Shows additional information about the photo(s) in your upload queue, such as how much memory space they take up, who can view them, and which photo you last added.

    Rotate — Rotate the selected photo(s) 90 degrees clockwise (i.e. to the right).

    When you are satisfied with the settings for all of the photos that you are uploading, click Upload [X] Photos.  (If you have made any changes, Flickr will ask you to confirm them; just click Upload Photos if you're fine with what you've done.)

Congratulations on uploading your photos to Flickr!