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Uncover Windows XP's built-in image resizing utility

Windows XP has a built-in image resizing utility buried inside the Send Pictures Via E-Mail dialog box that can quickly and easily resize a large group of digital picture files at once.

If you've ever had to resize a group of digital picture files, you've likely launched your image editing program and then resized each image individually -- this is an extremely time-consuming task. Windows XP has a built-in image resizing utility buried inside the Send Pictures Via E-Mail dialog box that can quickly and easily resize a large group of digital picture files at once. Follow these steps:

  1. Press [Windows]E to launch Windows Explorer.
  2. Make sure the Tasks pane is visible. (The Folders button acts like a toggle switch. If the Tree pane is showing, clicking the Folders button will display the Tasks pane. Click the Folders button if the Tree pane is showing.)
  3. Open the folder containing the group of digital pictures you want to resize. Select the group.
  4. Under the File And Folder Task list, select the E-Mail The Selected Items command.
  5. When you see the Send Pictures Via E-Mail dialog box, click the Show More Options link to expand the dialog box.
  6. Select a radio button next to one of the available sizes and click OK. A new mail message window containing the resized digital pictures as attachments will appear.
  7. Pull down the File menu, select the Save Attachments command, and save all the attachments to a different folder.
  8. Close the mail message window and click No in the Save Changes dialog box.

Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

52 comments
Zenith545
Zenith545

Doesn't work with all Windows XP installs or mail clients. Needs more research. Author never states which mail client they are using this with.

charlesadams
charlesadams

Great information and thanks for taking the time to share it...much appreciated.

suewhitehead
suewhitehead

I thought this tip was cool. I didn't know XP had this function.

nigelk
nigelk

brilliant, have been using the single option for ages now this is good and very helpful,easy and already available!

moe_rogerson
moe_rogerson

Doesn't work with Lotus Notes. You never see the dialogue box, it just embeds them into a Lotus Notes memo and tells you it's ready to send!

davidz
davidz

The best and simplest for non-techs - ShrinkPic http://www.onthegosoft.com/shrink_pic.htm Install it - let it be resident - it operates totally automatically - attach a picture to an email - it shrinks it - nothing to touch, nothing to do. For slightly more techy use - run it as needed.

marvin
marvin

The Save Attachements does not seem to work with Outlook 2007. There is no obvious choice, but you can send the EMAIL to yourself and the Save the attachments.

bakaye
bakaye

Don't send the pictures just go up to the file menu and pick resize after you have selected the group. This will let you pick picture size and will place the reduced pictures into the same directory with a new name indicating the size.

GBJim
GBJim

Is there a way to reduce the size of pictures embedded in WORD 2000?( not the size on the page, the file size) My documents seem to have grown in size, although nothing has been added????

falconpctech
falconpctech

No Save Attachments command in step 7. What's up with that. I'm probably missing something. Will investigate further.

Huntsman.ks
Huntsman.ks

A typical PC user requirement but useless if you use gmail or other web mail exclusively and don't have an email client running on your PC. Typical !! One has to jump though hoops to do anything useful. God help the poor sods who don't have a clue about PC use!

Dirt Burner
Dirt Burner

Select the pictures you want to resize, right click on those, in the Send To menu select Mail Recipient. It will open the dialog box and you can go from there.

info
info

I do not have an email option in the task list so it was not very useful. Patrick

bobc4012
bobc4012

I use FireFox and Yahoo for my e-mail. I tried it and do not get the save file option. Clicking on the "resize", under "more options", takes me to the Yahoo "attachment screen with the file (and file path) shown to be attached to the e-mail. There is no option to save.

tomburden
tomburden

There is an easier way to do this. In Explorer, simply select the picture files, right click on the selection, and on the menu which appears, one of the options is "Resize Pictures". Doing this you can choose one of four specified sizes. Tom Burden

john
john

This is much easier than going through all these steps. With this app you just drag-and-drop. Best of all, it is free!

shirley.squires
shirley.squires

Well I learned something new today...and for months now I've been trying to find a simple software that can do exactly this to resize pics for my website and emailing...thank you so much!!!

brandy.zmek
brandy.zmek

Unfortunately I'm working with images so large I can only email myself a couple at a time, and have MANY that need to be resized. This did appear to be a neat feature at first though, until you learn you aren't setup to do perform it as written.

n4aof
n4aof

...instead of whatever system you are talking about.

minglam
minglam

The problem is problem you copy and pasted in the "original" high resolution image. What you can do after the paste operation is to select the image with right mouse click and then Format Picture. Next select the "Picture" tab and then press the "Compress..." button on the bottom of the tab. Then you can select different resolution or compress it. It will even let you apply the options to only selected pictures or all pictures in the Word document.

wmcqueen
wmcqueen

Select and copy the entire Word document into a new word document. Save it and voila! - the file shrinks to its minimum size. Used this trick with great effect in Word 2000 and 2003.

jwlindsey
jwlindsey

Your problem of file size growing may not be related to picture size at all. If you are not adding more picutres but the file size keep growing anyway as you work with the document, you may want to look at an option in WORD... TOOLS/OPTIONS/Save tab. Under the "Save options" section make sure you uncheck "Allow fast saves". The following is the help text for this option: Allow fast saves: Speeds up saving by recording only the changes in a document. When you finish working on a document, clear this option and save the complete file with a full save. A full save may decrease the file size of your document.

raymondbalta
raymondbalta

You may want to add a little program called irfanview http://www.irfanview.com once loaded, you can right click on the image in your computer, select irfanview, >Edit, > resize. Play with it and you will see the results. Also, you can change the file type so your file size can be even smaller. You can make several images of different sizes.

Chaz Chance#
Chaz Chance#

The only option I get is "Send to/GroupWise recipient". If I select this, I get an email window with the selected pictures attached. There are no "resize" options in any menu, sub-menu or context menu.

Huntsman.ks
Huntsman.ks

See next post. If no email client installed, it doesn't work.

jkenward
jkenward

Has anyone tried FastStone Photo Resizer 2.4? Its free and I use it often to re-size batches of photos. John

btljooz
btljooz

This article is useless unless you use Outlook[Express] for your email. Personally, I have those services turn OFF and/or Blocked by my firewall. ;)

Huntsman.ks
Huntsman.ks

The option is not in my context menu??

iainsmith
iainsmith

As mentioned earlier, for this "Resize Pictures" to option to appear you need to install the Image Resizer Powertool (a free 500k download from the MS website).

brians
brians

Many companies block downloads and software installation on the corporate network. For those of us that are blocked and operate in an Exchange/Outlook environment the "send to email" trick for resizing images is great.

n-a
n-a

What I want to know is how I can keep it from asking me if I want to re-size the images every time I send an email with an image attachment. If I wanted them re-sized I would already have done it. There has to be a way to turn this nuisance off.

colane
colane

John, Where can I download this Picture Resizer software?

haylocks
haylocks

...as I take a lot of photos with a 12 megapixel camera and frequently need to re-size (down) 50 or so. Now tried both the "shrink 4 e-mail" version as well as downloading and trying IMAGE RESIZER (Windows Powertoy). So thanks to john@ in Lausanne for alerting me to the download. Works very nicely. I'd love to hear of any other batch resizing products out there. Happy New Year, Richard

fishe1
fishe1

This was my first photo utility. I use it all the time for resizing, changing formats, and basic editing, not to mention screen captures. It's quick and easy and free(donations accepted). Don't know if you can still get it.

1PebKac
1PebKac

I had the same problem - classic view? Here is how to get to it. IF Task pane is not turned on for an option do the following: i. Select the files (NOT folder) ii. File>Send To>Mail Recipient ? Skip to Step 5

n4aof
n4aof

I was beginning to think that I was the only person alive who hated that "feature". I've asked the same question in a couple of other forums and no one has ever come up with any sort of an idea to disable it or even make it default to "keep current size". Like you, 99.9999% of the time, if I choose to email picture, I want to email the picture that I chose, not a smaller copy of it.

jkenward
jkenward

Screen Capture is still on their site at version 5.9 now. John

RAYGARFER
RAYGARFER

just typed or paste it in Run XP or command line and hit go or enter. Simple but worked

lendlv
lendlv

Thank you to Dober29. This fixed my longstanding problem!

dober29
dober29

I am having the same problem with XP. If you found something that works, please let me know. Thanks Dave

Angel_Tech
Angel_Tech

I've used this little program for years.. and trust me.. it's really easy and very fast... and 3 things I like about this program are: - supports jpg, gif, png, tiff, bmp (I work with fireworks) - you can resize a whole folder (just select the path) with 1 click and voila.. - you can predefine the size of the pic to be resize Here is the link to it: http://pixresizer.en.softonic.com/ enjoy it :D

ebsfrmr
ebsfrmr

I really like Windows Powertoy Image Resizer, and use it on my desktop computer; however, I have some kind of hangup on my laptop. Everything looks good, I can right-click images and indicate the size I want, it appears to be working. But, nothing changes--no copy of the image (if selected), nor is the original effected, if I choose that option... Both computers run XP Home Edition. I have uninstalled, re-downloaded and reinstalled. I can not figure out what the problem is. Any ideas? Fortunately, there are some other suggestions in this discussion which I can try. Thanks everyone!

lynmari
lynmari

Image resizer is the quickest and easiest way I have also found to do a batch or single resize on the fly.

asyousay
asyousay

and batch rename and conversion and create proof sheet and colour correction and and and.... Unbelievably good free app. Fast and light. Possibly my most used app over many years. Like techrep said http://www.irfanview.com

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