Microsoft Paint has been used by many to do some basic image editing every now and then on Windows. Mostly to just crop images probably. With new and exciting updates to Windows 10 and its Photos app though photo editing on Windows has become much more easier and quite advanced compared to what you could do with MS Paint. Of course, third-party tools are always there to provide anything you want. But for all its advanced image editing features, simply resizing images is not as simple on Windows. Resizing images is a pretty basic image editing function and yet it’s not offered by any of the pre-installed apps on Windows. Not even Microsoft’s Photos app offers to resize images. But would you mind if you could resize images with a right-click on Windows?
Usually, resizing an image on Windows involved quite a few steps. If you’re a professional or even if you just edit a lot of photos you probably have Adobe Photoshop. It’s a huge piece of software and loading it all up to simply resize an image is not an ideal solution. Even if you use another light-weight tool that allows image resizing, you will probably have to open the image using the said tool first. Then you can resize it as you want and then save it. With Image Resizer for Windows, you don’t need to do any of that.
How to resize images on Windows
Simply right-click an image, select Resize pictures. If you want to batch resize multiple images, you can do that too. Select all the images and then right-click on any one of them.
Once you do, the Image Resizer window will open up. Here, you can use one of the pre-defined sizes – Small, Medium, Large, Phone – or use a custom size of your own. While you may prefer simply resizing the original image, Image Resizer does not do that. Not by default at least. It will resize the image but save the resized image as another copy instead of overwriting the original one. Considering how easy it makes resizing images, that’s a good thing. You wouldn’t want to resize an image into a smaller image accidentally. Resizing it back to the original size might result in pixelation. But if you would still like to change this default behavior, Image Resizer lets you do that as well. Simply tick the checkbox next to Resize the original pictures (don’t create copies) in the Image Resizer window.
Click the Resize button when you’re satisfied with the settings and your select image or images will be resized. Although you can batch-resize images, you can only resize all the images to the same size at once. It would’ve been nice to be able to resize some images to one size while another group of images to another size at once. But considering Image Resizer is completely free and it makes resizing images so easy, we can’t really complain. If you do want to resize different groups of images into different sizes, you’d have to do it the old-fashioned way. That is select a group and resize it and then select the other group and resize it again.
The latest version of Image Resizer is v3.0 and it is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10. The developer Brice Lambson aims to add further advanced features to Image Resizer in upcoming updates. These features include but are not limited to the ability to edit default sizes, give custom filenames to resized images, and select JPEG picture quality level. Since I often write articles such as this, some probably more detailed that include many images too, resizing images is something I do a lot. Image Resizer does make life really easy for people like me.
For some reason, I couldn’t get the app to install on the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17046. If you’re running the stable build 1709 though you shouldn’t have any problems.