How to Resize and Crop Images in Microsoft Paint

By August 5, 2019 Tech Tip
Resizing and Cropping Images in Microsoft Paint

Microsoft Paint is a simple graphics editor included with the Windows operating system. If you need to do some basic image editing, Paint is the perfect lightweight app. In this tech tip, we’ll look at two tasks: how to resize an image and how to crop an image.

Resizing an Image

  1. Open an image in Paint. Right click on the image file and choose Open with > Paint.Microsoft Paint
  2. Choose Resize from the toolbar.
    Microsoft Paint
  3. In the window that appears, you can resize based on percentage or pixels. Choose which option at the top. Make sure Maintain aspect ratio is selected at the bottom so that the resized image won’t be distorted.Microsoft Paint
  4. Change either the horizontal (width) or vertical (height) field. Then click OK.

Note: Never size an image up (to larger dimensions) unless you want to make the image blurrier. Realistically you can only size an image down to make it smaller.

Cropping an Image in Paint

What if, instead of resizing, you want to crop an image? For example, you may have a screenshot and you want to crop it to show only a portion of the image. Here’s how to crop an image in Paint.

  1. With the image open in Paint, click the Select option on the toolbar.
    Microsoft Paint
  2. Click and drag on the image to select the portion you want to keep.
  3. Click the Crop button on the toolbar.
    Microsoft Paint

Then the image will be trimmed down to your selection.

Microsoft Paint

And that’s how you can resize and crop images in Microsoft Paint. This is a quick and easy way to edit images, especially screenshots, without firing up a bulkier and more complex program like Adobe Photoshop.

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Remember software and hardware updates are essential to cyber security

Upgrade from Windows 7 to Remain Secure and Stable

| Announcements, Security | No Comments
It’s still coming whether we like it or not: Windows 7 End of Life. If your organization is still running Windows 7, what can you expect? Is this truly the end of Windows 7, and should you upgrade? The answer, realistically, is yes. It’s a smart move to upgrade now, for security and stability. Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended in 2015. Extended support ends on January 14, 2020. Windows 7 is now end-of-life. It will not be supported, nor will it receive regular patches and security updates. What's the risk of not upgrading? Failing to upgrade to supported software,…
Dictate in Office 365

Dictate Instead of Typing in Office 365 Apps

| Office 365, Tech Tip | No Comments
Did you know that in many Office 365 applications you can dictate text instead of typing it? You may find this useful, especially if you need to respond to an email message and your hands aren’t free, or if you want to brainstorm out loud and capture your thoughts without taking notes by hand. First you should check if you have a working microphone. If you're using Windows 10, you can use the Voice Recorder app to do a test. Open this program and record a small snippet of audio. Play it back in order to see if your microphone…
Microsoft 365 Cloud-Based Apps and Security

What Is Microsoft 365 vs. Office 365?

| Cloud Solutions, Office 365, Security | No Comments
You may have started to hear about Microsoft 365. Is it the same as the similarly named “Office 365”? The two are different, and here we’ll explain the difference and what Microsoft 365 Business can offer your organization. First of all, Microsoft 365 is not the same thing as Office 365. Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of productivity apps, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. It’s the modern, cloud-based version of the Microsoft Office suite of products you’re probably familiar with already. Microsoft 365 Business is a bundle of services that include the apps and productivity tools of…