How to Resize Images via the Right-click menu in Windows 10

Recently, I stumbled upon an excellent tool to resize images via the right-click menu in Windows. It’s the Image Resizer utility written by Brice Lambson. This utility is similar to Microsoft’s Image Resizer PowerToy for Windows XP. And Brice Lambson’s utility works fine in all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.

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2020 Update: The Image Resizer utility is integrated into the Microsoft Windows 10 PowerToys project. Although Brice Lambson’s software works in all versions of Windows, the Windows PowerToy one supports only Windows 10. For legacy systems, you can download Brice’s software from here. Here are the screenshots of Brice Lamson’s version of the software:

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Resize Images via the Right-click menu in Windows 10

Download and Install Image Resizer (part of Microsoft PowerToys) from this GitHub page. This program adds the Resize pictures command to the right-click menu for image file types.

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The resize dialog lists four preset options and also allows you to choose a custom setting where you can specify the output file dimensions:

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The Resize the original pictures (don’t create copies) option is unchecked by default to prevent accidentally overwriting the source image.

When you choose the custom option, the output files will have the suffix (Custom) — e.g., hero-image (Custom).jpg

tips bulb iconTip: When choosing the Custom option, rather than manually calculating the pixels/ratio for width or height fields (to preserve the aspect ratio), you may leave one of the fields blank so that the tool automatically resizes the image based on the specified width (or height) mentioned, and maintains the aspect ratio.

Image Resizer – Advanced Options

To customize the output file name, open Microsoft PowerToys Settings from the Start menu.

powertoys settings page

Under Sizes, you can remove or customize the four preset options and add your own options to the list with custom dimensions. These sizes mentioned here will show up in the resize pictures dialog’s pre-configured list.

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In the PowerToys settings page, under the File section, you can change the output file name suffix as desired:

powertoys settings page

For example, setting the parameter to %1 (%3 x %4) will result in the image dimensions suffixed with the output file name. See 3rd file listed in the following image.

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Under Encoding, you can set the Fallback encoder, JPEG quality level, PNG interlacing, and TIF compression settings.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

2 thoughts on “How to Resize Images via the Right-click menu in Windows 10”

  1. I had this before my hard drive burned up and it worked great. Since then I have tried several times and nothing I do will get it to work again. What am I missing?


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