How to Use the Windows 10 Photos App to Resize Images

Microsoft is continuously adding new features to its Windows Store apps. And now you can do basic image resizing with the Photos app.

If you need to resize an image and are running Windows 10, you have a few options. If you’re a long time Windows user, you’ll be happy to know that the classic Paint desktop program is still available – unlike other removed or deprecated features. Or, you could go for a familiar third-party app such as SnagIt. But if you want to start embracing the UWP apps that are already included in Windows 10, check out the Photos app.

Resize Images Windows 10 Photos App

To resize an image, open the Photos app and choose the picture from your library that you want to resize. Or, you can open File Explorer and right-click the image you want and choose Photos from the “Open with” option. Once the image is displayed in Photos, click the More Options button and then choose the Resize option form the menu.

Next, another menu will open with three different options for resizing your picture. The sizing options include Small (0.25 MP) for profile pics and thumbnails, Medium (2MP) for emails, and Large (4 MP) for viewing. You will also see the original MP size of the image, so you have a reference point. Choose the size you want and then where you want the resized image saved.

It’s also worth noting that the resizing options will vary depending on the original size of the image. For example, if you have a photo that is already large, some of the resizing options will be grayed out. And if you have an image that’s too small, the resize option won’t even be available.

Currently, the resizing options in the Photos app are basic and it doesn’t offer a whole lot of choice. If you need to resize images to a specific size for a work or school project, it’s usually best to go with a more powerful third-party app such as SnagIt or But for quick and basic resizing the Photos app gets the job done. Give it a try and let us know what you think. Or, let us know which app your favorite is for resizing pics.



  1. The resize option is not available in Win 10 1803 on multiple computers in my environment.

    • mikem  

      You can now resize to a specific size in Photos.

  2. Joe  

    why don’t you people leave good enough alone? this new windows 10 is for the birds. resizing after I complete, and check properties, gives me back the original size.

  3. yu  

    There is no “more options” button to get to the resize option.

  4. Joe  

    I went through and resized all photos to “small.” Now the photos are the smaller dimensions, but the file size is still 3-4 MB each. Totally awful!

  5. Abs  

    thank you so much this was really helpful!

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