How to reduce or compress image size

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Reducing and Compressing imagesThis article puts together several ways of reducing and compressing an image size for posting on the blogs, adding to presentations, sending as attachments in e-mail, etc…

Lets start with the easiest one..

This tool is called “Image Resizer” and is part of PowerToys utilities for WindowsXP. This is one of the simplest utilities which does the job excellently well.

  • the utility from here or click here to visit the downloads page.
  • After installation, right click on any image and click on “Resize Pictures”
  • Select from the options available to you as shown in the image below.

Resize Pictures

  • Once you select from the options, click “OK” and it will create a copy of resized image.

Image Resizer Options
Another option is by using Microsoft PowerPoint (2007):

  • Insert the image to a presentation you want to resize or compress and using the points at the edges change the dimensions of the image  and double click on it.
  • From the “Format” options click on “Compress Pictures”

Compress Pictures

  • Click “OK” if you want to go with the default options or click on “options” to see advance options for compression.

Image Compression Options

  • Choose from the available options as shown in the image and click on “OK”

Image Compression Settings

  • Now right click on the image and choose “Save As” and save the compressed image. (Note: These steps are for PowerPoint 2007, however other versions follow similar steps too)

Irfanview is another option which can be used for resizing or compressing an image. Click here to visit Irfanview downloads page.

Another easy way of reducing the size of an image is by uploading it to any of the picture sharing sites. Such sites offer image downloads at different sizes. Following sites will offer images at different sizes once uploaded.

Hope this helps

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4 Comments on This Article

  1. By: rajesh pal on January 5, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    thanks.this was useful.

    another way i figured out was jusy right click an image and 'send to' email client (say outlook). the attchment can be 'saved as' a small size image.

    rajesh pal.

  2. By: sherin on February 24, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Thanks..this was very useful

  3. By: jamal on March 2, 2011 at 5:15 am

    10X for information