The best thing about resizing images is how many tools there are for the job. Your PC even has built-in ways to make quick changes to your images, whether you’re using a Windows 10 desktop or a Chromebook. You don’t need bulky, expensive software to get the job done.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to resize an image using Photos in Windows 10, Preview in MacOS, and Gallery in Chrome OS. We’ll also provide instructions for a web-based client if those apps don’t tickle your fancy.
Step 1: Right-click on the image and select Open With followed by Photos.
Step 2: Click the Three-Dot button located in the app’s top-right corner.
Step 3: Select Resize on the drop-down menu.
Step 4: A pop-up window appears. Select one of the three preset sizes (shown on the left). Otherwise, click Define Custom Dimensions for a specific size. Another pop-up window appears (shown on the right).
Step 5: To keep the aspect ratio, click the box next to Maintain Aspect Ratio. With any number you enter into the width or height box, the number will automatically change in the other box.
If the aspect ratio doesn’t matter, don’t check the box, and enter the numbers in both boxes.
Step 6: Click the purple Save Resized Copy button.
Step 1: Right-click on the image and select Open. If Preview is not your default image viewer, select Open With followed by Preview instead.
Step 2: Select Tools on the menu bar.
Step 3: Select Adjust Size on the drop-down menu.
Step 4: Enter the width and height information. You may need to switch the size type, like changing from inches to pixels, as shown above. Alternatively, you can select a preset size by clicking the arrows next to Fit Into.
Step 5: Click the blue OK button to confirm the new size.
Step 6: To save the resized image, select File on the menu bar.
Step 7: Select Save.
Step 1: Right-click on the image and select Open With Gallery on the pop-up menu. Alternatively, if Gallery is not your default image viewer, select Open With followed by Gallery.
Step 2: Click the Rescale button at the top.
Step 3: Enter the width and height. Click the Chain icon to unlock the aspect ratio if needed.
Step 4: Click the blue Save button. Alternatively, click the blue Down Arrow to select Save As if you don’t want to alter the original image.
Web (Pixlr X)
Step 1: Go to Pixlr X.
Step 2: Click the blue Open Image button.
Step 3: Find your image and click the Open button.
Step 4: With the image uploaded, click the Properties button displayed on the left.
Step 5: Select Resize Image on the roll-out menu.
Step 6: Enter the width and height. You can also click the Constrain Proportions toggle to lock and unlock the aspect ratio.
Step 7: Click the blue Apply button.
Step 8: Click the blue Save button at the bottom.
Step 9: Enter the file name, change the file type, and adjust quality as needed. Once you’re happy with your settings, click the blue Download button.