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:
- Press [Windows]E to launch Windows Explorer.
- 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.)
- Open the folder containing the group of digital pictures you want to resize. Select the group.
- Under the File And Folder Task list, select the E-Mail The Selected Items command.
- When you see the Send Pictures Via E-Mail dialog box, click the Show More Options link to expand the dialog box.
- 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.
- Pull down the File menu, select the Save Attachments command, and save all the attachments to a different folder.
- 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.