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How Do I Resize a Picture

January 11, 2012  |  Difficulty: Medium

how to resize an image by only using Microsoft® Paint.

Most computer users have a digital camera, as it is the easy to take a photo image and save it as a computer file that can be manipulated or edited if desired. Digital photos are usually taken in a high resolution which produces great results but can be problematic and inappropriate for sharing over the Internet. Professional graphics or and photo editing programs offer a facility for changing the resolution of any picture. This is commonly used if you want to resize photography taken by a digital camera. However, in the instructions below, you will learn how to resize an image by only using Microsoft® Paint, a basic accessory that comes with the Windows® operating system.

Instructions for Windows XP® and Windows Vista®:

  1. Click on the “Start” button and go to “All programs > Accessories” and open then the “Paint” program.
  2. Select “File > Open” in the main navigation bar.  Locate the picture file and click on the “Open” button.
  3. Select “Image >Stretch/Skew…” (in Windows Vista®, “Resize/Skew...”) in the main navigation bar.
  4. In the “Stretch” section, fill in the new horizontal and vertical percentage values (the values are 100%, if you want to resize the picture to have half the size set the values to 50% on both).
  5. In the main navigation bar, select “File > Save” to save the resolution changes made.
  6. Close the Microsoft® Paint application.

Instructions for Windows® 7:

  1. Click on the “Start” button and go to “All programs > Accessories” and open the “Paint” program.
  2. In the Paint dropdown menu in the main navigation bar, select “Open”.  Locate the picture file and click on the “Open” button.
  3. In the “Paint dropdown menu  in the main navigation bar, select “Properties”.
  4. Set the new resolution values for “Width” and “Height” and click on the “OK” button to resize the picture.
  5. In the Paint dropdown menu in the main navigation bar, select “Save” to save the resolution changes.
  6. Close the Microsoft® Paint application.

Warnings:

  • Remember, if you are changing the size of the image from a small resolution to a higher one, the new image will not be as sharp as the original one, even if the original had a higher resolution before it was resized.

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