Create Image Thumbnails In Windows Explorer

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 13, 2009
Updated • Dec 7, 2012
Software, Windows software

It is not only web designers who need to create image thumbnails regularly. There are many situations where image thumbnails come in handy starting from blogging and publishing websites to PowerPoint presentations or creating preview images of a photo collection. Some programs and online scripts - like WordPress for instance - create image thumbnails automatically whenever you upload an image to the web server. Some however do not have that option which means that you will have to create the thumbnails manually instead.

One interesting application for that purpose is RightThumb for the Windows operating system. It is a portable application that can be integrated into the Windows Explorer context menu to integrate an option that enables you to create thumbnails from selected images effortlessly.

Several parameters of the thumbnail creation can be configured upon startup including the output format for the thumbnail image, the maximum dimension for the image, the quality of jpg images, compression of png images, the resample filter and if desired a prefix identifier for the image. The image will be automatically sharpened after resizing and it is possible to select a different output folder for it if you do not want it to be saved into the original folder.

The program can be closed after the initial configuration and is from then on accessible from the Windows context menu if that option has been selected. Right Thumb (via Barry's Computer Tips) is a free download for the windows operating system.

The program may be useful if you often have to create thumbnails from full resolution images. Instead of opening a software like Photoshop, Gimp or, you can simply right-click the images, make your selection, and create them so in a fraction of the time it takes in image editors to create thumbnail images.


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