How resize pictures with Windows XP’s Image Resizer

I was asked recently by one of our user what’s an easy way to resize images taken with a digital camera before emailing them. I had two immediate thoughts about this request. The first was now that’s a smart and considerate user. The fact that this user thought about resizing the images instead of just attaching the images and creating a 40MB size email was very smart. This process avoids users sending large sized emails that have the potential of impacting the mail servers. The second thought was which one do I recommend? Let’s face it there are multitude free and commercial applications that can perform this task.

The one that I recommended was the Windows XP – PowerToys: Image Resizer which I’ve used for years for several reasons:

  • Lightweight – very small application
  • Easy to use
  • Can perform single and batch processing
  • Can perform set sizes or custom sizes
  • Great Price: For Free

Here are the steps of resize images using Image Resizer:

  • Open Windows Explorer (Windows + E) and navigate to the directory where your photos are stored
  • Select the images you wish to resize (Ctrl + A to select all) and right click to select Resize Pictures.

Resize Pictures

  • You should get the following dialogue box. Select the desired output size and click OK. The newly created images will have the same filename with the size description appended.

Resize Pictures - Dialogue Box

The smart and thoughtful user was very happy and comfortable with this process. I’ve now included this in our SOE and will post a quick How-To guide to educate our business users.

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