How to resize multiple pictures in Windows 8 and 10 (no extra software)
This tutorial will show you step by step how to quickly resize multiple pictures (images) at once in Windows 8 and 10 without extra software.
This will change the dimensions and also reduce the file size of your photos.
Resizing pictures is a good option for if you want to send multiple pics that have a large file size by email or if you just want to save some disk space on your computer's hard drive, external hard drive or USB flash drive.
With resize, I mean, making the size (dimension) and the file size of the photos smaller.
How to resize multiple photos at once in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 without third-party software
Tip: It's easier if all the photos you want to resize are in one folder.
1. Right-click on your desktop.
2. Go with the mouse cursor (pointer) to New and then click on Folder.
3. Type a name for the new folder. Choose whatever name you want (the name doesn't matter much).
4. Go to the photos you want to resize.
5. Select all the pictures.
Two ways to select multiple images:
- Press the [CTRL] and [A] key on your keyboard.
- Click on the first photo, press and hold the [SHIFT] key of your keyboard and then click on the last photo.
6. Right-click on the selected images.
7. Go with the mouse cursor (pointer) to Send to and then click on Mail recipient.
An Attach Files window will appear.
8. Choose a size (dimension), like 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, or 1280 x 1024.
Note: No matter what size you choose, the aspect ratio of your photos will be correct. For example, if you choose 800 x 600, then a photo with a size of 1280 x 720 will still get the correct aspect ratio of 800 x 450.
The aspect ratio of a picture describes the proportional relationship between the picture's width and its height.
9. Click on Attach.
10. Windows will now try to open an email program like Outlook or Thunderbird and if you don't have an email program, then you will get an error message that says that there is no email program associated to perform the requested action, etc. It's okay, no problem because we don't need an email program. Do not click on OK and do not close this message window.
11. Go to the Windows search bar.
Tip: In Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, you can find the search bar in the start menu and in Windows 10 it's located in the taskbar. In Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, you can also open the search function by pressing the [Windows] + [S] key on your keyboard.
12. Type %temp% into the Windows search bar.
13. Press Enter.
The Windows Temp folder will open and here you will find your resized pictures.
Note: If the search doesn't work or the Temp folder doesn't open, then follow the next few steps:
- Open Windows Explorer or File Explorer (Windows 10)
- Open Local Disk (C:)
- Open Users
- Open the folder with your username (e.g., Peter)
- Click on View located at the top.
- Check (select) Hidden items
- Open AppData
- Open Local
- Open the Temp folder
14. Click on Type located at the top of the Temp folder. This will sort all files by file type and will make all the images stand together.
Alternatively, you can also type the file extension of the images (e.g., .jpg, .png, .gif) in the search bar. This will make Windows Explorer show only images with the file extension.
15. In the left sidebar, you click on the ❱ or ▷ icon next to Desktop so that the new folder (which you previously created) appears.
16. Drag the photos from the Temp folder to the new folder.
To drag, click with the left mouse button on the photo(s), hold down the left mouse button, drag the image(s) to the new folder and then release the left mouse button.
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