Resize Photos in Windows 7 (and Windows 8 too)
Way back in 2001-2002, Microsoft released a set of free utilities for XP called PowerToys. These were small, very useful programs. One of the best tools in the set was the Image Resizer. Once installed, you could right-click on any photo, click on Resize Image, then select one of the preset sizes or create a custom size. You could resize a single image or in batch within two quick clicks. Additionally, the utility would create copies of your images and not touch your originals. This was the perfect solution for posting photos to the web, sending emails, or any other time you didn’t need the full sized image out of the camera.
Fast forward to the Vista release in 2006, this functionality was not included in the box, and Microsoft didn’t produce new PowerToys. Now, there is an open source clone of the Image Resizer PowerToy that works on Vista and Windows 7. It is identical in nearly every way. If you run Vista or Win7 and need a simple way to resize images or photos check it out. It doesn’t get easier or simpler than this:
Current “stable” release: http://www.codeplex.com/PhotoToysClone
Preview release of next version (I am using this without any issues):
Tip: Resize multiple photos at once.
After you install this free program, perform the following steps:
- Select the photos to resize*
- Right-click on any of the selected photos
- Select Resize Pictures
- Select the size you want, then OK. Within a few seconds you will have resized copies of your photos.
* Tip: How to select multiple files.
- To select ALL photos in a folder, hit CTRL-A on your keyboard.
- To select multiple individual photos, check out how to enable check boxes for file selection in Windows.