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How to Resize an Image in Windows XP

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Many users on the web today are uploading pictures to multiple websites or e-mailing photos to friends all over the world. However, many of these people are not familiar with how to resize these photos, which in turn creates long download times for the person receiving these photos. This article will give you the basics you need to resizing photos using software already built into the Windows operation system. Follow these easy steps to resize your pictures without losing the original photo size.

  1. Locate the image you would like to resize. Once found, right click on the image and select 'Copy'.
  2. Then right click on the desktop, explorer window, or folder you are working in and select paste. You will notice that a copy of the image has been placed within the folder or desktop. 
  3. Right click on the copied image and select rename. Rename the image to something similar to 'image-small'. Now you should have two copies of the image, the original and a copy to resize. 
  4. Open Microsoft Paint. This can be done by navigating to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Paint. 
  5. Once Paint is open, open the copied image by going to File -> Open.
  6. Once the copied image is open, go to Image -> Attributes in the MS Paint menu.
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  7. This will open a new popup window with fields that display the height and the width of the picture. For most cases, an image can be resized to 800 x 600. This ratio can be different depending on the application. Select 'OK' or 'Apply'.
  8. Save the Image, usually done by File -> Save.

That's it! Your new smaller version of the image should be saved. You should always back up your original photo to remove the risk of losing the original quality. 

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 July 2010 00:30  
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