thank you so much for your reply. hopefully, you will not mind if i ask a few more questions.
i do have notepad on my computer, and i can open a blank doc and insert the line "Options –indexes" (without the quotes) and when i hit "save", notepad wants to save the doc as a ".txt" doc, obviously. so, from this i understand my file would be named something like: "newfile.htaccess" without the quotes, with notepad adding the ".txt" as the extension.
okay, so i save this new file called "newfile.htaccess.txt" INSIDE my images file folder on my website? i did this, but then when i go to the web and type in my website name i can still pull up all my images.
how do i get it so that when people type in www.mywebsite.com/images all they get is a blank page rather than a list of all the images in that file folder?
i obviously am missing a big part of the mental picture here. thank you for your patience....penny