Re-sizing Images

So I know that we come up with lots reasons to be optimising your images, it’s all about the load time and the traffic coming to your website, and we hear you, you don’t have any professional tools to quickly optimise your images like Adobe Photoshop? Well fear not. Do you have Microsoft Office installed into your computer? If you answered yes then read on. If you answered no, see our blog Resizing your Images for Web in 6 Simple Steps. (And strongly consider investing in a Microsoft Office suite.)

Microsoft Office Picture Manager

This little gem isn’t often used and will be found under the ‘Microsoft Office’ folder then tucked away under the ‘Microsoft Office Tools’ folder. Its main purpose was created so you can manage, edit, share, and view your pictures from where you store them on your computer. But it also has a few little image editing features that are super simple to use.

How To Optimise Images with Picture Manager

Now we’ll run you through a little step by step guide on how to optimise your images without any expensive programs.

Step 1. Open your images folder and right click on the image you want to re-size. Find the open with option, and choose ‘Microsoft Office’

Step 2. Once your image opens up in the program, find the ‘Edit Pictures..’ button, click it.

Step 3. Pull your curser down to the side bar on the right, and click Compress Pictures

Step 4. When you come to this step there will be a few option to choose from, Documents, Web Pages and Email Messages. These really are just different size categories; each has a predetermined ratio which it will size your image down to. For this scenario we are going to click ‘Web Pages’ and ok

Step 5. Now you have you brand new, re-sized image ready to upload into your website. We strongly recommend that you then go ‘File’ … ‘Save As’ and give it a new name such as ‘image_web’, this way you won’t lose your original image.

Step 6. Save your image to your desired and you’re ready to go! (Remember when you close Picture Manager, you press don’t save, as you have already saved it in step 5.)