How to resize an image with Microsoft Paint

How to resize an image with Microsoft Paint
How to resize an image with Microsoft Paint
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To make it easier to share or upload an image, you can resize it in Microsoft Paint. This software allows you to increase or decrease its size, but also to trim it. Increasing and reducing file dimensions keeps the original aspect ratio while cropping simply changes its outer borders.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Enlarge or shrink an image

Resize an Image in Microsoft Paint Step 1

Step 1. Create a copy of the image file

Go to the folder that contains the image, right click on it, select To copy in the drop-down menu that appears then right-click on an empty location in the folder or on the desktop and select To stick on.

Without a copy, your changes will apply to the original file which will be permanently lost

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Step 2. Right click on the copy of the image

A drop-down menu will open.

Resize an Image in Microsoft Paint Step 2

Step 3. Select Open With

You will find this option in the middle of the drop-down menu. Click on it to open a context menu.

Resize an Image in Microsoft Paint Step 3

Step 4. Click Paint

This option is in the context menu and opens the image file in Paint.

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Step 5. Select Resize

The option Resize is on the right side of the section Picture which is itself at the top of the Paint window.

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Step 6. Make sure Percent is selected

If you don't see a black dot next to this option, click the circle on the left to make sure your changes are measured as a percentage.

  • By default, the vertical and horizontal values ​​of your image are set to 100. If you change them to 75, your image will be reduced to three quarters of its original size.
  • Click on the circle next to Pixels if you know exactly how many horizontal and vertical pixels you want to get.
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Step 7. Select the Keep Aspect Ratio check box

If this box is not yet checked, click it to ensure that the image remains scaled regardless of any changes made to any of its dimensions (eg vertical size).

Go to the next step if this box is already checked

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Step 8. Resize your image

In the text field Horizontal, type a number between 1 and 500. If you choose a number less than 100, the image will shrink while retaining its dimensions. If you choose a number greater than 100, it will enlarge while maintaining its dimensions.

  • If you prefer to use pixels, type the number of vertical pixels you want to use in the text field Vertical. If necessary, you can uncheck the box Keep the proportions and enter a number different from the one indicated by default in the text field Horizontal.
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Step 9. Click OK

Your changes will be applied to the image.

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Step 10. Save your image

To save your image, tap

Ctrl + S. Your changes will be saved.

Method 2 of 2: Crop an image

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Step 1. Know what it is

Cropping is keeping only part of the image, but the cropped part will retain its original quality. This solution allows you to remove the parts you don't need without affecting the resolution of the photo.

Cropping also helps reduce file size

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Step 2. Create a copy of the image

Open the folder where the image you want to edit is located, right-click on the file, select To copy in the drop-down menu that appears, then right-click on an empty location in the folder or desktop and select To stick on.

This step keeps the original file, because only the copy will be changed

Resize an Image in Microsoft Paint Step 1

Step 3. Right click on the copy of the image

This will open a drop-down menu.

Resize an Image in Microsoft Paint Step 2

Step 4. Select Open With

You will find this option in the middle of the drop-down menu. Click on it to open a context menu.

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Step 5. Choose Paint

This option is in the context menu and opens the selected image in Paint.

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Step 6. Click ▼ under the option To select.

The option To select can be found in the section Picture of the tab Home which is at the top of the program window. Click the arrow to open a drop-down menu.

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Step 7. Choose Rectangular Selection

This is the first option in the drop-down menu that just opened.

  • Choose Free selection if you want to draw your own selection.
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Step 8. Click and drag the cursor over the image

A rectangular selection will appear on the image and everything inside will be retained after the crop is finished.

  • To remove borders from a photo, click in the upper left corner and drag the slider diagonally to the lower right corner (or vice versa).
  • To remove the dotted lines and restart the selection, click any part of the image outside of the dotted lines.
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Step 9. Select Crop

This option is at the top of the section Picture on the right of To select. Click on it to remove anything outside the dotted lines and keep only the selected part.

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Step 10. Save your image

Press Ctrl + S to save your changes. Your new file will be the cropped image instead of the original image.

Advice

  • If you decide to print your resized image, make sure the printer is not set to automatically resize the file before printing.
  • By reducing the size of the image (even if the changes are minimal), you also reduce its size on your hard drive.

Warnings

  • Enlarging an image will result in loss of quality.
  • It is better to resize a copy of the image rather than the original file. To create a copy of the image, right click on it, select To copy then right click on the desktop and click To stick on. You will just have to open the copy in Paint to modify it as you wish.

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