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    Resizing photos

    With my old XP computer I was able to right-click on a photograph and select “resize image”, when I could reduce the byte size to that suitable for emailing without overwriting the original. I cannot do it in Windows 7 and using an internet trawl the best I have come up with is to use Irfanview, but that is much more time consuming/complex. Is there a free program which will add the facility to the right-click menu ?.

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    See if Image resizer for Windows helps.

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    Mike,

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    Resizing pictures

    Thanks - I have installed the program and it works fine with a right-click, albeit a little slow to come up. However, installation required a massive download and installation of Net Framework 4 Client which took an age. It is a new, fast, computer.

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    If you have MS Office, the Microsoft Office Picture Manager does a very credible job of resizing, cropping and other minor picture fixes. It's extremely easy to use and very quick. This site shows examples of using MS Office Picture Manager
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    Hi mike21,

    the easiest program to use is Windows Live Photo Gallery.

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    Thanks for the suggestions of MS Office picture manager and Windows live photo gallery, neither of which I knew existed and both are very interesting - the first I found in Office 2003, which I have had for very many years. Image re-sizer for Windows seems much the quickest, even though it takes 10 seconds for the resize screen to come up after selecting with a right-click on the photo. I use Photoshop Elements and re-size in that program, but it takes quite a time overall - Irfanview seems the quickest after Windows Image Re-sizer.

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    The basic Paint program that comes with Windows 7 will also resize photos, among other things.

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    Irfanview, with plugins, is the easiest. Save As the picture; there is a scroll bar at the top of the Save As properties screen. Move the bar to the percentage reduction you want for the resultant saved picture.

    Irfanview is a function-rich program; best of all, it's free!

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    What you describe, OP, was one of the Windows XP Powertoys, called Image Resizer (what else?). It wouldn't hurt to try it in Windows 7 - I have a couple of Windows 95 Powertoys that work fine in XP (not all of them do). Get it here.

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    Another vote for IRFANVIEW!

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    Cool FastStone Photo Resizer

    I use FastStone Photo Resizer--it's a simple, single-purpose tool. I've put the link for it in Send To so that it's there when I need it. A nice touch is that it can resize a batch of photos.

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    I just followed your link to try the PowerToys Image Resizer - it won't install on a Windows 7 computer. It's only for XP it says. I am so disappointed that it won't work on Windows 7. I wish they'd update it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelliann1 View Post
    I just followed your link to try the PowerToys Image Resizer - it won't install on a Windows 7 computer. It's only for XP it says. I am so disappointed that it won't work on Windows 7. I wish they'd update it.
    You may want to try this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelliann1 View Post
    I just followed your link to try the PowerToys Image Resizer - it won't install on a Windows 7 computer. It's only for XP it says. I am so disappointed that it won't work on Windows 7. I wish they'd update it.
    See post #2.

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