How to Resize an Image in Microsoft Paint

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.

  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.

This tutorial continues below with pictures, as well as some more information for a couple of these steps.

How to Make a Picture Larger or Smaller in Microsoft Paint

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.

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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