Need something that a technophobe could use to simply crop and resize images before uploading. Other options need to be kept at a minimum.

IrfanView is great, but there are just too many options.

  • Care to explain the downvote?
    – MrWhite
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 11:55

3 Answers 3


Have you tried Paint.NET ?


It's often the perfect cross between MSPaint and Photoshop for me. It has basic support for a wide range of filetypes, and your basic drawing tools and image operations (resizing, cropping, etc.). It still has a lot of options, but it's free and feels like MSPaint, which I imagine the user is more familiar with than say, GIMP. For Crop & Resize, just tell them to ignore the Layers, Adjustments, and Effects menus.

All your technophobe needs to do is:

  • File > Open
  • Click the selection tool (Top-left tool in the toolbox)
  • Select the desired area of the image they want
  • Ctrl+Shift+X or Image > Crop to Selection to crop out the rest of the image they don't want
  • Ctrl+R or Image > Resize... to open up the resize dialog and enter in the width or height they want to resize the image to
  • File > Save As...
  • Paint.NET has a few too many options than I would have liked, but I've been having a play and it is certainly intuitive and handles the cropping/resizing requirement very well.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 23:40

Paint allows you to very easily crop and resize images.


  • Easy to use
  • Has been a part of default Windows programs for a long time


  • Lacks precise selection
  • Resizing is a bit odd, but works.

Crop, Resize


  • Open the image file
  • Select an area with the select tool
  • Press Crop


  • Open the image file
  • Select an area with the select tool
  • Resize it to what you want it to be
  • Deselect (ctrl+D) and resize the whole white area down to the same size.
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    Whilst Paint has been "part of Windows for a long time", it should be noted that this particular version comes with Windows 7/8. Earlier versions don't offer enough control. For instance, Paint with WinVista only allows you to resize to a percentage and does not maintain aspect ratio (unless you specifically do this yourself). I do quite like the newer Paint for these features, however, one BIG irritation is that you can't resize or move the actual selection. Attempting to do so resizes/moves the selected portion of the image itself.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 0:17
  • Regarding your method of "resizing"... I think it would be preferable, if you wished to resize just a portion of the image, to select and crop the required area first and then use the resize dialog to resize the resulting image. Attempting to resize with the mouse is hopeless as there appears to be no way to lock the aspect ratio. [Ctrl]+[D] does not appear to be a valid shortcut in Paint. [Esc] deselects the current selection.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 0:22
  • @w3d hm, it worked for me on win8, but good points.
    – 3ventic
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 1:12
  • I'm on Win7 - maybe there are differences?
    – MrWhite
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 1:43

FastStone Image Viewer is a great image viewer and can do quick and simple crop and resize and a few other things. It's the best in this category and it's free. http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

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