Image sizes

This post will discuss how to know what size your image is, what size you want it to be, and how to resize them using MS Paint.

How do I find my image’s size and resize it?

To find the size of an image you have, follow these steps:

  1. Open MS Paint. Either find it in your list of applications, or click the Windows button at the bottom left of your screen and type “paint” to find it.
  2. Once MS Paint is open, either press CTR + O or select Open File from the file menu. Select you image, and press OK.
  3. Once your image is open, you can view it’s size by selecting the Resize option in the main toolbar, and selecting Pixels with the radio buttons.

    • The horizontal and vertical fields indicate the current size of the image.
    • You may notice that resizing one dimension will change the other. This is to preserve the aspect ratio which will prevent stretching the image horizontally or vertically.
    • You may change the values here to change the size of the image.

How big is it on screen though?

When viewing the image in MS Paint, make sure that the Zoom is set to 100% (actual size). You can either go to the View tab and press 100%, or find the slider in the lower right, and make sure it’s at 100%.

If the zoom level is set to 100%, you are seeing what size the image actually is.

  • The image may be larger than the screen, in which case you will not be able to see the entire image.
  • You should not scale an image to a larger size, only from large to small. Scaling an image to a larger size will result in a significant loss of quality. But shrinking an image is safe.