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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Resizing pictures to upload to the message board

For a picture to actually show up in the message, it must be less than 1MB in size. There are several ways to resize your pictures. Here's a couple:

1. Using Microsoft Paint. (You'll find it in Accessories on your computer) 
  • Open your picture in Microsoft Paint
For Windows 7: 
  • Click on Resize from the toolbar

Make sure Percentage is selected then change the figure in the Horizontal box. The size you choose will depend on how big the original photo is. As a start try 50%.

Make sure "Maintain aspect ratio" is checked. The amount in the Vertical box will also change to 50%

  • Click the OK button.
  • Click the first toolbar tab (next to the Home tab) and select Save As. (You don't want to overwrite the original photo.)
  • Click on JPEG picture from the list of file types.
  • Give your photo a new name and press the Save button
  • Close the file by exiting out of Paint

For older versions of Microsoft Paint:

  • Open your picture in Microsoft Paint
  • From the Image menu select Resize/Skew
  • Insert a new amount in the Horizontal box - 50%
  • Insert the same amount in the Vertical Box - 50%
  • Select OK

After you have resized your photo, upload it to your thread on the message board.

If it only shows as a link, you will have to repeat the above process with the original file, this time using a smaller percentage.

2. Using a photo resizing service from the web. 

I'll be using
(Search "resize pictures" for many other options.)

Go to

You'll see this box:

  • Click the Browse button, select your file and press Open
  • Select Custom and type 1000 in the box
  • Press the Resize button

Your picture will be uploaded and resized.

  • Just above your picture you'll see:
  • Click that, select a destination for your new picture and press OK/Save

After you have resized your photo, upload it to your thread on the message board.


Scrappymama Elaine said...

thanks for that tip!

Vanessa said...

Thank you! I haven't had much success trying to figure it out on my own.

Cindy said...

TY for this post! I was just thinking I needed to figure out how to do this!! My computer crashed recently so everything is different. EEEeee!! Merry Christmas!

Wende said...

Thank you for the tips. Will try this next time. :)

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