How To Use The GRAND Digital Magazine

Want to have a look inside the latest issue of GRAND Magazine?  The website offers a free version of the latest issue, so you can see what's new in the world of grandparenting.  To access it, simply go to in your web browser, and click under where it says "Click Cover to Open Magazine".

NOTE: You will need Adobe Flash Player installed and enabled on your web browser.  Click here to learn how to install Adobe Flash Player, including finding out if you have it installed already.

Using the GRAND digital magazine

Zooming and navigating the pages

One of the first controls that you should learn is how to zoom in and out, and how to get around on pages when you're zoomed in.  To zoom in, click an empty point on the page (there will be a plus sign beside your cursor), or click the Zoom In button in the top-left corner.

Your cursor will now change to a multi-directional arrow.  To move around the current page, click and hold down the mouse button, then drag the mouse in the opposite direction from the direction of the part of the page that you want to see (for example, if you want to see further to the right, move your mouse to the left).  Release the mouse button when you want to stop moving.

You can also click the plus ("+") or minus ("-") buttons on the bar in the top-middle of the screen to zoom further in or out, respectively; you can also click on a point in this bar to pick a certain level of zoom.  To zoom all the way out, simply click once (don't hold the mouse button down) on an empty space on a page (when the cursor displays a multi-directional arrow), or click Zoom Out in the top-left corner.

Moving between pages

The easiest way to move between pages in the magazine is to click the left and right arrows at the bottom of the page to move to the previous page or the next page, respectively.

There are also controls for moving between pages in the top left corner.  Click First Page to go to the first page of the magazine, Previous Page to go back a page, Next Page to go forward a page, or Last Page to go to the last page of the magazine.

You can also click in the box with the number and type in a number, then press the "Enter" key to go to that number page (if it exists; if it doesn't, you'll just stay on the page that you're on).

You can also click Contents Page to go straight to the "table of contents" page, or click Pages to see a list of all available pages.

A new window will pop up showing you thumbnail images of all pages in the magazine.  Click on an image to go to that page.

Finally, clicking on a story (it will be highlighted and say "Go to Page[X]"), usually on the cover page or contents page, will take you right to that story's page.

Leaving a comment

You can let GRAND Magazine and other people know what you think of a story by clicking on Post a Comment at the bottom of the screen.  (Click this button again to close the window that appears.)

On the left-hand side, you will see a list of articles in this magazine, along with their page numbers and how many comments they have.  Click one to view the current comments on this story to the right.

Now, to comment on the story that you've selected, click in the big empty box in the bottom-right corner and type in what you want to say.  Then, click in the boxes labelled "Name" and "Email" and type in your full name and email address (respectively), and then click Post Comment.

Using interactive content

As we alluded to in the section on moving between pages, if you move your mouse cursor over a section of the magazine page that you can interact with, it will highlight that section, and change your cursor.

Clicking on it will do various things, such as take you to a different page of the magazine (as we mentioned above), open a new website, or play a video.

Other Functions

The top-right corner has other things that you can do with the digital magazine.

Viewing previous issues

Click Archives to open a list of previous issues of GRAND Magazine.  From there, click on an issue name, or a thumbnail image of an issue, to open it.

Share an issue over social media

Click either Share or the cluster of social media website logos (as indicated by the arrows here) to get a web address for the current page to share, send this address to a friend via email, or share this address instantly on a social media website such as Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Save this issue to your computer desktop

Click Save to open a prompt that will let you save this issue on your computer desktop by clicking Install Now.

(NOTE: You must have a program called Adobe AIR Runtime installed on your computer to view the magazine offline.  Click here to install Adobe® AIR™ Runtime.)

Print (part of) this issue

Click Print, and then decide which specific pages or range of pages you want to print out.  Then click the Print button in the new window.  Make sure your printer is on and connected to your computer first!

Subscribe to GRAND Magazine

Click Subscribe to go to a new web page where you can subscribe to get the latest issues of GRAND Magazine delivered to your email inbox in an easy-to-read format.  See our How Much Does GRAND Magazine Cost article for more information about subscriptions.


That's a quick tour of how to use the GRAND digital magazine!

How to Use the GRAND Magazine Website

If you just want to poke around on the GRAND Magazine website without actually reading the magazine, that's totally fine.  There are still plenty of stories and pointers about living as a grandparent, plus a few other fun things that you can do!  Sign up for the GRAND Magazine newsletter to get news about being a grandparent delivered straight to your email inbox, share your grandchildren's favourite nickname for you, and show off those cute pictures of your grandkids!

To get started, open your web browser, type into your address bar, and press the "Enter" key.

Things to do on the GRAND Magazine website

View articles

You'll find plenty of articles to read on the home page of GRAND Magazine's website.  Simply click one to go to that article.

You can also click one of the categories across the top (except Nicknames; we'll get to what you can do here later) to see a list of articles that have been filed under that category.  From there, it's the same deal: click an article that you want to read to start reading it.

Under the title at the top of the screen, you can click the date to see other articles posted to GRAND Magazine on this date, the author's name to see other articles posted to GRAND Magazine by them, or a keyword to see articles on GRAND Magazine with similar themes.

There are also keywords near the bottom of the article that will let you do much the same thing.

Finally, if you like this article, you can click one of the sharing buttons here to send it to your friends through email or social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Sign up for the GRAND Magazine newsletter

If you go back to the home page of the GRAND Magazine website, you will find a box where you can sign up for GRAND Magazine's free newsletter.

You can also find this box at the bottom of most pages on the GRAND Magazine website.

Simply click in the boxes labelled "First Name", "Last Name", and "Email", and type in the relevant information in each respective one.  Then click Sign Up, and watch your email inbox for the latest news on being a grandparent from GRAND Magazine!

Browse cute grandparent nicknames, and the stories behind them

If you click on Nicknames in the menu across the top, it will take you to a list of nicknames given to GRAND Magazine's readers by their grandchildren, which those readers then submitted to GRAND Magazine.  Many of these nicknames also have a brief story behind them.

Click one of the letters highlighted in blue to jump to nicknames starting with that letter, or click Submit Nickname to write an email to GRAND Magazine's editors about YOUR nickname and story!

See pictures of proud grandparents and their lovely grandchildren

Under the section "GRANDma's Brag Book", you can click a picture to see an adorable photo of a GRAND Magazine reader's grandchild or grandchildren, along with a caption describing the photo.  You can also click Click Here for More Photos to see more reader-submitted photos.

Or, if you want to show off your own grandkids, click Browse to find a picture on your computer that you want to send to GRAND Magazine.  (Navigate through the windows, click the picture to select it, and then click b.)  Then click in the box labelled "Image Caption" and type in a brief description of the photo (if you want).  Then click Submit.

Remember, the photo that you choose will be publicly visible on GRAND Magazine, so try not to pick one that's too personal.

See what GRAND Magazine is up to on social media

Under "Connect with Us", click one of the social media website icons (from left to right, they're Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus) to visit GRAND Magazine's page on that website. 

Read a digital version of the latest issue of GRAND Magazine

GRAND Magazine has a digital version of their latest edition online, which you can read for free!  The link to it shows up on most pages on GRAND Magazine's website; simply click the area under "Click on Cover to Open Magazine" to start reading.

See our How to Use the GRAND Digital Magazine tutorial for instructions on all of the different things that you can do in the digital version of GRAND Magazine!

Search GRAND Magazine for something specific

If you want to search for an article on GRAND Magazine that has specific keywords, simply click in the box in the top-right corner next to the Search button, type in the words you're looking for, and then click the aforementioned Search button.

Your search terms will be highlighted in the titles or previews of your search results.  Click Older Posts or Newer Posts at the bottom of the results page to move back and forth through different pages of results, or click the title of a result to go to that story.

Listen to words of grandparenting wisdom on GRAND Radio

At the bottom of most pages on the GRAND Magazine website, you'll see a link to GRAND Radio.  Click it to go to a website where you can listen to stories and interviews by GRAND Magazine on all things grandparenting!  You can even download programs to your computer and listen to them whenever you want!

Get in touch with GRAND Magazine

If you know of a story that you think GRAND Magazine's readers would enjoy, a product that would be fun or useful for those readers, a question that you want to ask GRAND Magazine, or anything else that you want to contribute, click Contact in the top-left corner.

On the new page, fill out the form with your full name, email address, the subject of your message, the message itself, and a security "CAPTCHA" (which basically just makes sure that you're a human and not a robot trying to flood GRAND Magazine's inbox with automated emails).  Then click Send.


That's a quick tour of just about everything you can do on the GRAND Magazine website!