How to Easily Resize an Image on Windows in 4 Ways

How to resize images on windows

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You can resize an image in two ways: By making it larger or by making it smaller.

Here’s a question for you: What are you planning to accomplish today?

Looking to enlarge your blog post image size from 500px to 1000px? It’s quite easy to pull off in MS Paint or Photos. But if it’s a pixel-based (also called raster-type) image like PNG or JPG, you may end up with a pixelated image that doesn’t look all that great.

But with a neat feature like resampling —  on Windows, the feature is available in Adobe Photoshop and Bulk Image Resize (from the MS Store) — you can still end up with a good-quality image.

Reducing the image dimensions means that you end up with a small photo.  The perceivable quality will remain the same if the image occupies a smaller area on the screen. However, there is an irreparable loss of information as the pixels are shrunk.

During resizing, there are consequences! So a tip to remember is to always retain the original image before resizing, particularly when going smaller.

What if resizing was without consequences and quality issues? That’s a reality when dealing with a vector-file format such as SVG, where the image is not made of tiny color pixels but constructed from vectors and lines. You can catch up on the differences between SVG and PNG. 

Moving on. Let’s examine techniques for resizing images on Windows.

In case you also own Apple devices, you may check our articles about how to resize images on your iPhone or how to reduce an image size on MacOS.

If you’d like to get a quick overview of top Windows methods and see which one is best for you, jump to the Conclusion section to view our comparison table.

Method 1: Use Windows Photo Editing Apps to Resize Your Photos

MS Paint is a raster (i..e pixel-based) image editor included in all Windows ve

rsions since Windows 1.0, which was released in November 1985. You’ve probably used it a couple of times to draw stickman figures, with varying success levels.

Now, Paint can work with the following file formats: Windows Bitmap, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and TIFF.

Follow these steps to resize images with MS Paint:

Step 1:  Open Paint. Go to File > Open > Choose the file path.

Step 2:  Go File > Image Properties.

1. Screenshot of how to access Image Properties Microsoft Paint

Step 3:  In Image Properties, you can change the Width and the Height, for instance, from 2400 x  1600 to 1152 x 648.

2. Screenshot of how to access Image Properties Microsoft Paint .png

Step 4: Save a copy of the image with the new dimensions. Go to File > Save As >  Choose the file format (PNG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, or other formats).

That’s all. You’ll have the new file with different dimensions and file size.

One of the main drawbacks of this method is that it doesn’t offer any resampling. In case you’re wondering, we explained what resampling is when we described how to resize images on Mac. The fact that Microsoft Paint doesn’t offer resampling means that if you decrease the size of a large image from 1000px to 500px, its file size won’t be reduced.

Pros of MS PaintCons of MS Paint
Free and no downloadDoesn’t offer resampling
Simple three-step processMay not support as many formats as other image convertors
Supports other functions, drawing shapes, flipping, etc. 

How to resize an image on Windows using the Photos app?

MS Photos is a raster graphics editor that comes with many other functions, including image viewing, organizing, and sharing. It can even edit video clips.

The app has been made available since 2012 with the release of Windows 8.  When trying to open very large images, Photos may automatically resize them. But it’s similarly possible to resize other images with these steps:

Step 1: Open your image with Photos. If Photos is the default photo viewing app, just double-click to open the image. Or, right-click on the image, and choose Open With Photos.

3. Screenshot of photos app Windows

Step 2:  Click on the more icon (three dots) and select Resize.

4 Screenshot of Microsoft Photos how to access resize function

Step 3:  Photos recommends some resizing options, for instance, Best for Thumbnails. You can choose the default options, or set custom dimensions.

5. Resize Options Photos App

Step 4:  Choose the location to save your new resized file.

6. File Explorer Save as Type

Step 5:  You can edit the File name and Save as Type to export the image to different image formats.

Like MS Paint, the Photos app doesn’t allow you to resample the pixels of your photos.

Pros of using PhotosCons of using Photos
Quick and easyDoesn’t come with a resampling feature
Export image to up to 8 formatsNo support for next-gen formats such as WEBP
Free and no need for third-party downloads 
Recommends appropriate sizes for different uses 

How to resize an image on Windows with Paint 3D

If you’re running on Windows 10, you’ll find that Paint 3D comes installed as part of provisioned programs.

Paint 3D is essentially an improved version of Paint with support for creating 3D objects and pictures. In Windows 11, the app may be installed for free from the Microsoft Store.

It provides a great resizing feature that allows you to lock in the aspect ratio or choose from preconfigured sizes. Use it to make sure your blog images follow a constant image ratio.

Step 1: Launch Paint 3D. Select Open > Open Files.

7. Launching 3D paint

Step 2: Choose the file path in File Explorer.

Step 3: From the top menu, choose Canvas.

8. Choosing Canvas from Paint3D

Step 4: Resize the Canvas from the left-hand panel. Tip: You should lock the aspect ratio and resize the image with canvas.

12. Paint 3D canvas settings

Step 5: Change the width or height, for instance, from 2400px to 1200px, and the changes will be dynamically applied.

Step 6: Save a copy of the resized image. Go to Menu > Save As > Choose the file format and specify a name.

Pros of using Paint 3D  Cons of Paint 3D 
Allows you to lock the aspect ratioDoesn’t provide a resampling feature
Resize the image independently of the canvasNo support for next-gen or vector formats
Easy to use and no downloads. 
Supports more image formats than Paint and Photos 

How to resize an image on Windows using PowerToys

Microsoft PowerToys are a collection of utilities that expand your Windows functions so that you can get the experience you want and obtain more productivity. Most features are designed for developers and power users, but you’ll find an image resizer.

You may have to install Powertoys, and there are two main ways you can do this:

10. Image resizer in PowerToys

After installing Microsoft PowerToys, just launch it, and select Image Resizer. You can learn how to use it from the quick tutorial. By clicking “Open Settings” you can specify custom sizes.

11. Image resizer image size settings

Using the tool is quite straightforward and unlike other native methods, it supports bulk resizing.

Step 1: Right-click on one or several images, and choose Resize Pictures.

Step 2: Choose the resizing options you want.

13. Using image resizer to edit images

Step 3: Finish by selecting Resize.

Method 2: Resize Images on Windows with Chrome Extensions

You can use a couple of extensions on Chrome to resize images to your desired dimensions. Note that you can add extensions from the Chrome Webstore to Microsoft Edge. This is possible because Microsoft Edge is built on Chromium, the same technology used by Chrome.

The featured extensions are free and straightforward to use. So, here are the top three extensions to use::

Extension 1:  Resizing App

The Resizing App is a handy Chrome plugin that you can use to quickly resize images.

14. Resize your images online

It provides quick functions, for instance, resizing images by Width, Height, Largest Side, Percentage, or custom size settings.

Using the extension is quite intuitive. Click on the Extension icon, and upload your image.

15. Using Image Resizer chrome plugin to resize images.

You can optimize the images as well while preserving the image dimensions.

Extension 2: Bulk Resize

The Bulk Resize plugin offers intuitive features to resize many images at once. You can specify custom image dimensions, define values for the width, height, or longest side, or reduce the image sizes by a certain percentage.

16. Bulk Resize first page

It’s a handy tool to use for reducing the file size too, as you can vary the image quality or even specify a file size that images should be reduced to. For instance, you can state that the image file should be 97.7kb or less.

17. Bulk Resize

Extension 3: Bulk Image Resize

The Bulk Image Resize plugin supports popular image formats such as GIF, TIF, JPEG, PNG, and more. It has two output options: download multiple images in one zip file or get each image individually.

Download and pin the Extension to the toolbar for easier access. To start resizing, open the plugin by clicking on the icon.

18. Selecting files to upload to resize with plugin

You can choose the dimensions values to resize images into. If you scroll down, there are more settings, for instance, what to do if the image ratio doesn’t match.

19. Choosing aspect ratios

Method 3: Resize Images on Windows using Third-party Software

The significance of using third-party software is that there is no need to be online to resize photos. Similarly, the tool can process hundreds or even thousands of photos quickly and without a tedious download process.

The following tools can help with resizing images after you download and install them:

Software 1: Batch Photo

20. Batchphoto homepage for download

BatchPhoto™ is a professional image manipulation program for Windows and Mac. It allows users to perform a wide range of edits on multiple photos with one process, including adding watermarks, applying special effects, renaming photos, adding time stamps, etc.

You’ll even find intuitive time-saving features such as Folder Watch that monitors for new photos and adds predefined edits. The tool can convert images from 170 formats. So, it’s quite reliable for professional users.

21. Batchphoto on the desktoop

Software 2: Light Image Resizer

The Light Image Resizer offers an advanced resizing feature with the crucial ability to retain the aspect ratio during resizing. You can select from pre-configured resizing profiles even for mobile phone screen sizes.

22. Light image resizer uploading images

The tool can even remove the background of images as well, but the feature is powered by remove.bg and the images have to be uploaded first.

23. Light image resizer settings

The free version allows users to process up to 100 images.

Software 3: Fotosizer

24. Fotosizer homepage

Fotosizer is available in editions. In the Standard Edition, you access basic batch editing features such as resizing, rotation, and changing image formats. The Professional Edition comes with a broader spectrum of features including

  • Applying watermarks;
  • Adding rounded corners;
  • Adjusting image colors with contrast, saturation, hue, shadows, and other settings;
  • Applying text on images;
  • And more.

Method 4: Using Send to Mail Recipient Function to Resize images

Another handy and quick way to resize multiple images in Windows without installing any app is to use the Send to Mail Recipient function. This method is ideal if you plan on sending the images via email.

To use it:

Step 1: Select multiple photos

Step 2: Right-click and select Send to > Mail Recipient (P.S If you can’t see Send to after right-clicking, choose “Show More Options.”

Step 3: Choose the image dimensions in the Attach Files wizard.

25. Attach file to resize with email

Step 4: This will launch Outlook if it’s the default email client. You can proceed to personalize the email as you like.

26. Resized images in Outlook as attachments

Method 5: Using Microsoft Store Apps to Resize Images

If you have access to the Microsoft store from your PC or tablet, you can quickly find suitable tools for resizing images. Here are some of the most highly rated apps:

App 1: Bulk Image Resize by Valley Software

One of the best features of Bulk Image Resize is resampling. It provides up to different modes:

  • Average
  • Bicubic
  • Nearest Neighbour

The methods add new information to the image when enlarging, so you can end up with a better quality image.

Bulk Image Resize offers other standard resizing functions. You can add  photos from multiple locations, and in different sizes, and aspect ratios. Images may be resized by percentage or with predefined boundaries.

27. Bulk Image Resize

App 2: Resize Image by Get-the-solution

Many users have positively reviewed this app as it performs its core function really well, and that is resizing photos. It includes support for next-gen image formats, including WebP. You can preserve the aspect ratio too.

28. Resize Image Windows Store app

App 3:  Pixillion Image Converter by NCH Software

You can get Pixillion directly from the Store for free. And while it mainly helps with converting image formats, it can resize images as well.

30. Resize image settings on Pixillion NCH Software

The resizing feature can scale images by percentage, predefined frame size, or with the longest side. It can preserve the original aspect ratio. You also get better control of the final image quality during upscaling or downscaling by choosing from sharp square or smooth blurry pixels:

29. Pixillion by NCH Software

What’s the best way to resize images in bulk on Windows?

You can resize images multiple images at once in Windows in five different ways:

  1. With a Google Chrome extension such as Bulk Resize
  2. With Third-party tools such as Batch Photo: Best app (Batch Photo):
  3. With an app from the Microsoft Store such as Bulk Image Resize
  4. Using a Windows native app. For bulk resizing, you can use PowerToys.
  5. Utilizing the Send to > Mail Recipient function that you can access by right-clicking on one or several images from File Explorer.

Wrapping-it up: The best image resizing methods depending on your goals

Here is a summary of the top tools you can use to resize an image on Windows:

Method   ToolsBiggest pros Biggest cons 
Native

Paint

Photos

Paint 3D

PowerToys

Quick edits

No downloads
Free usage

Single edits

No support for resampling

Limited support for bulk resizing (PowerToys)

Web browser plugins

Resizing app

Bulk Resize

Bulk Image Resize

Bulk edits

Resizing photos on the web

Free usage

Some may need internet access

May require uploading photos

Depends on browser support

Desktop third-party apps

BatchPhoto™

Light Image Resizer

Fotosizer

Advanced photo manipulations

Bulk resizing

Offline access

Many tools may require paid version for full access

Few tools offering resampling

EmailSend to > Mail Recipient function

Sending resized image via email

No downloads

Native method

Preconfigured image sizes

Lack of other photo manipulations

Windows store apps

Bulk Image Resize

Resize Image

Pixillion

Resampling support on some tools (Bulk Image Resize)

Plenty of free options

Offline access

Advanced photo manipulations

Bulk resizing

Need to purchase ad-free versions

Limited to newer versions of Windows with Store App

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a raster file?

It is a type of image format where the image is defined by pixels. The pixel’s location in the grid, their size, and colors are defined with numbers.

What is image resizing?

Image resizing refers to making an image smaller or larger. During resizing, you can change the image dimensions, quality, and file size.

What is batch resizing?

Batch resizing refers to altering the image dimensions of multiple images at the same time. It’s a good strategy to save time when dealing with many files.

Does resizing affect image quality?

Resizing may not really affect the perceivable image quality as the image will now occupy a small size of the screen. The quality is affected if the photo is magnified.

Does resizing an image change the file size?

Yes. Resizing an image will change the file size. That’s because there will be a loss of information unless the method you’re using allows you to disable resampling.

Why does my image get blurry when I make it smaller?

It’s not typical for an image to get blurry if it’s made smaller. There could be an issue with the resolution settings, or the image resizing tool may be producing smaller and blurry pixels instead of square and sharp pixels.

How can you resize images on Windows without losing quality?

If you need a way to resize images without a loss of quality, use a tool with a resampling feature. Professional users tend to use Adobe Photoshop. However, it’s not suitable for performing bulk functions. A better tool to use is the Bulk Image Resize which you can download from the chrome plugin store for free. It even allows you to choose the resampling mode so you can get the best quality.

Can you reduce file size without losing quality?

You can reduce the file size of an image by using a lossless compression tool.  It’s advisable to save the file in a lossless format such as PNG. But if the file size ends up too big, you can use a next-gen format such as Webp.

Conclusion

There are plenty of methods to resize images on Windows. Natively, you can use Photos, Paint, Paint 3D. But apart from PowerToys, they don’t support bulk resizing. You can get this feature by using a third-party tool, online converter, or Microsoft Store App.

Another important thing to remember is that, unless you’re resizing an SVG file, there will be a loss of information during resizing. That’s why it’s important to retain the original file.

Finally, when trying to enlarge a smaller image, you can improve the final image quality by using a tool that supports resampling.

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