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Do you need help with your Clip Art CD?
You've come to the right place!
Art CDs are tested before sealing and shipping to
you. If you are having a problem accessing the
files, you may be running low on computer resources.
Below are instructions that should help with that.
Please select and print this text for reference to
help you follow each step.
you follow the instructions, you may find it helpful
to set up a new folder on your hard drive for the
clip art, if you have the space to do so. You will
then be able to copy the files from the CD to your
hard drive, where you will be able to access them
directly in the future. Access from the hard
drive is often faster and easier than access from
Shut your computer down by turning it off.
Don't use restart, log off, or any of the other
options. Shut it down completely. Remove any
USB devices or devices in other drives before
doing this, and keep them disconnected.
Turn your computer on, and allow it to boot all
the way up. Do not put the CD in yet. If you
hear noise such as drives spinning, please wait
and allow it to become quiet before attempting
to do anything further.
Be sure to handle any CD by the edges only. If
you happen to get fingerprints on the bottom
surface, carefully wipe them away with a soft,
lint free cloth. There are many places on the
internet that have instructions on the proper
way to do this, for example:
Additionally, always store the CD inside the
case to avoid scratching it.
When all is ready, insert the CD in your CD
drive. Again, wait patiently and do nothing
yet. If you hear clattering in the drive, it
may indicate that your drive is having a hard
time with the large file size, so give it time.
You may see a window pop up when your computer
recognizes that the CD is in the drive, that
asks what you would like to do. Select "open
folder to view files using Windows Explorer" (or
something similar to that wording). You can
also access Windows Explorer by pressing Cntrl +
E on your keyboard, then selecting the drive
letter that corresponds to your CD, if
the window with the options does not appear.
Set the "view" in Windows Explorer to either
"thumbnails" or "medium icons" depending on what
operating system you are using. Do not set the
view to display large or full sized images, or a
slide show in Windows Explorer because it will
hinder your computer if you don't have a lot of
resources. Again, wait. Allow your
computer plenty of time to display the images.
Do not do anything else with your computer while
you are doing this. Do not have it online at
the time, and do not do this at the same time
you are scanning or downloading updates for
virus protection or spyware. If you
choose, and are comfortable doing so, you can
temporarily turn off your anti-virus.
When the images have loaded, copy them to a
new folder on your hard drive. You should be
able to select all and drag them into the
folder, or access the "help" on your computer
for instructions. Remove the CD and store it in
a safe place for backup when you have finished
moving the files.
When all is completed and your clip art files
are now in the folder on your hard drive,
open the program that you will use with the
images and work with them by importing from the
new folder on your hard drive which contains
Note: If you are still having a problem,
set the "view" in Windows Explorer to "list"
(step 5), and start over at step #1.
Rather than previewing the contents of the CD as
thumbnails in step 5, preview only as a list.
Copy the contents of the list (step 6) to the
new folder on your hard drive, remove and store
the CD, and access the files through your new
folder on your hard drive.
your time, be patient, and even stubborn
technology can be overcome.