Windows Enterprise Desktop

Aug 7 2011   9:33PM GMT

Image Resizer for Windows Resuscitates Old PowerToy

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

If you mess with screen captures and digital images as much as I do, you’re always having to resize images. In particular, I’ve got to do that for my PearsonITCertification.com blog, where the software won’t allow images more than 500 pixels wide to be uploaded. It’s kind of a pain to have to fire off Corel PaintShop Pro or Adobe PhotoShop just to resize an image. That’s why I was glad to see Paul Thurrot’s latest “Windows 7 App Pick” put a new version of this utility, called Image Resizer 3, in the spotlight.

It’s a trivial download (540K for 32-bit, 600K for 64-bit Windows 7 OS), that comes in .msi (Microsoft Installer) format and takes less than one minute to install. After you install the PowerToy, when you right-click any image format, “Resize image” shows up as an option for that file. The following screen shot shows Explorer with an image file selected, and the Resize image window that pops up in response.

 

Image resize

Here’s the Resize Image control window inside the Explorer parent frame

This little PowerToy is now part of my standard Windows desktop configuration. Perhaps it should be part of your standard image, too.

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