How to Resize Image in Paint

The pictures that you want to use in a document or a spreadsheet are rarely the correct dimensions by default.

Many of these applications have their own picture editing utilities, however, so you can usually click and drag on a corner or side of the picture to make it the correct size.

Occasionally you will need to have a picture in a specific pixel dimension, which isn’t something that you can accomplish with just the tools in Microsoft Word when you need to use that picture on a website or when you upload it somewhere.

You can resize a picture in Microsoft paint by clicking the Resize button, choosing the Percentage or Pixels options, entering the desired values, then clicking OK.

Once you become familiar with the options in the Microsoft Paint application you can take advantage of them to perform many of the basic image editing tasks that you may have otherwise thought would require a more expensive application like Adobe Photoshop.

This guide is going to show you how to change the size of a picture using the free Microsoft Paint application included with your copy of Windows 10. We cover the steps briefly at the start of this article, then go into more depth later.

How to Resize Image in Paint in Pixels

  1. Right-click the picture file, choose Open with, then select Paint.
  2. Click the Resize button in the Image section of the ribbon.
  3. Select the Percentage or Pixels option.
  4. Check the Maintain aspect ratio box if you wish to maintain the current aspect ratio of the image.
  5. Enter the desired value into the Horizontal or Vertical field.
  6. Click the OK button.

Our guide continues below with additional information on resizing a picture in Paint, including pictures of these steps.

How to Make a Picture Larger or Smaller in Microsoft Paint (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article use the default Paint application in Windows 10. Note that resizing an image will change that copy of the image on your computer, so you may wish to create a copy of the image file first if you want to keep the original.

You can create a copy of an image by right-clicking the image file and selecting Copy, then right-clicking on the desktop or in the same folder and choosing the Paste option.

Step 1: Right-click the picture, select the Open with option, then choose Paint.

open the picture with Paint

Step 2: Click the Resize button at the top of the window.

click the Resize button

Step 3: Click the Percentage option if you wish to resize by a percentage of the image, or select the Pixels option if you want to make the height or width of the picture a specific number of pixels.

resize by percentage or pixels

Step 4: Check the box to the left of Maintain aspect ratio if you want the picture to scale properly as you resize it.

You only want to scale the image without maintaining the aspect ratio if you intend to distort the image.

maintain aspect ratio

Step 5: Enter the desired value into the Horizontal or Vertical field. If you elected to maintain aspect ratio, then the other value will adjust as well.

how to resize an image in Microsoft Paint

Step 6: Click the OK button when you’re finished.

Be sure to save the image when you’re done if you want to keep this resized version of the image file.

Our tutorial continues with additional discussion on Microsoft Paint resizing tools.

More Information on How to Change Aspect Ratio on Image in Paint

One of the reasons that someone could turn to Microsoft Paint is if they have a low resolution image and need to make it bigger.

While you can technically accomplish this, it is going to give you a pixelated image that doesn’t look very good.

This pixelation is less noticeable if the degree of the upscaling is not very high, but you will definitely notice it if you take a picture that is, for example, 100 pixels wide and you try to make it 2000 pixels wide.

While Microsoft Paint does make it easy to resize images, it’s important to remember that when you make an adjustment to your picture, even if it’s just a cropped image, will replace the original image when you save it.

This is why I typically make it a habit to immediately save my resized image with a new filename before I even make adjustments. Saving in MS Paint works the same as in other Microsoft programs like Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel, so it should be a familiar interface. I often add something to the end of the original filename, like the width or purpose of the new image.

Yield: Resized image in Microsoft Paint

How to Resize a Picture in Microsoft Paint

How to Resize a Picture in Microsoft Paint

This guide shows you how to resize a picture in Microsoft Paint if you have an image that you would like to make bigger or smaller.

Prep Time 1 minute
Active Time 3 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Image file to resize

Tools

  • Microsoft Paint

Instructions

  1. Right-click the picture file, choose Open with, then select Paint.
  2. Click the Resize button in the Image section of the ribbon.
  3. Select the Percentage or Pixels option.
  4. Check the Maintain aspect ratio box if you wish to maintain the current aspect ratio of the image.
  5. Enter the desired value into the Horizontal or Vertical field.
  6. Click the OK button.

Notes

Make a copy of the image file first if you wish to keep a copy of the original, unaltered picture. You can copy a picture by right-clicking the file and choosing Copy, then right-clicking on an empty space in the folder and choosing Paste.

If you also have Microsoft Word, there are some interesting things you can do with images in that application as well. For example, find out how to save a picture in a Word document as a separate image file if you would like to use it in another application.

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