How to make overhead transparencies from the charts

The commentary contains many charts that can be used in Bible classes and sermons.

If you just print out a chapter of the commentary directly from your browser, however, the pages will sometimes be split in the middle of a chart, and the formatting might not be ideal or even suitable for making transparencies. Although it is possible to get around this problem by changing the page length of the printout, and printing it again (hopefully the charts that were split before will not be split this time), there are several better ways to do it. The best way for you will depend on the software you have and how well you know how to use it.

Here are a few possibilities.

Copy Chart from Browser to Word Processor

With the chapter loaded into your browser, select the lines of a chart, then click on Edit, then on Copy. Change to a window of your word processor, and in a blank document, click on Edit, then on Paste. This will place a copy of the text of the chart into your word processor. By using the editing facilities of you word processor, you can then modify the line length, type style and type size until you have an image of the chart that is suitable for printing out as a transparency.

Load Whole Chapter into Word Processor

After having saved a chapter of the commentary to your own computer, you can load the entire Internet file, which will have an ".htm" or an ".html" ending, into your word processor. How smoothly this works will depend on the capabilities of your word processor.

You can load the file into almost any word processor as a text file. In that case, however, you will see a lot of strange extra information between pointed brackets. To prepare suitable copy for transparencies, you will then have to delete these html codes from the charts, copy them to a new document, format them as desired (type size, style, line length, etc.) and print them out.

Some newer word processors have a facility for loading Internet (".html" or ".htm") files and then reformatting them automatically for use in the word processor. Once this has been done, you might be able to just print out the charts as formatted. As needed, you can also change the formatting using the regular editing functions of your word processor.

Copy Screen Print to a Graphics Program or Word Processor

With the whole chart visible on the screen in your browser, copy the image of the active window to the clipboard. In Windows press Alt+PrtSc (PrintScreen). Then you can use Paste to put that image into a graphics program or into an advanced word processor, such as WordPerfect or MS-Word. With that program you can print out the chart. A graphics program has the advantage that it usually has editing facilities so you can crop the unwanted parts from the edges and possibly even change the width:height ratio of the chart so it will fit better on your transparency.

Using Color

If you have a color printer, and again depending on the capabilities of your graphics program or word processor, you might be able to adjust the color of the type and/or background of the charts.

Get help

Another effective way is to ask some friend who knows a lot about computers to help you! Most computer nuts are helpful people!