Resize your digital pictures

You can use the Image Resizer to resize photos so they'll be easier to upload to a cell phone or website, or attach in an e‑mail message.

To resize your pictures

  1. Open the folder that contains the pictures you want to resize.

  2. In Thumbnail view, right-click any picture you want to resize, and then click Resize Pictures.

    To resize a sequence of photos at once, click the first photo, hold down the SHIFT key, and then click the last photo in the sequence. To resize non-sequential photos, click the first photo, and then hold down the CTRL key while you click the other pictures you want to resize.

  3. In the Resize Pictures dialog box, click the size you want your photo to be, and then click OK. Typically, Small is a good selection for uploading to a cell phone, e‑mailing pictures, or posting them to a website.

    The original image file will remain, but a new, resized file will appear in the same folder.

Image Resizer also includes some additional advanced features. Click the Advanced tab to show the following options:

  • Custom. This option lets you manually set the size you want for your photos.

  • Make pictures smaller but not larger. This option constrains resizing to only sizes smaller than the original photo.

  • Resize the original pictures (don't create copies). This option permanently applies resizing to your original photo.


  • Windows Live Photo Gallery offers faster and simpler ways to improve your digital photos, with more capabilities to share your creations with your friends and family. To get Windows Live Photo Gallery—part of the Windows Live Essentials suite of products—simply upgrade to Windows 7.