How to enlarge & print a scanned photo

Updated April 17, 2017

Computer owners have been able to rescue old photographs from family albums or to share new photographs by scanning, editing and printing new copies. Windows Live Photo Gallery allows you to import photographs from folders on your computer, to import images from scanners and cameras, to perform basic editing functions such as resizing, cropping and correcting red eye, and to print high quality prints. Windows 7 may include Windows Live Photo Gallery out-of-the-box, or you may have to manually download it from the Live website.

Connect your printer to your computer and turn them both printer.

Click "Start," then type "photo gallery" in the "Search" text field. Click on "Windows Live Photo Gallery." Download and install Windows Live Photo Gallery if Windows 7 does not find the software. See Resources.

Click on "File" in the menu bar, then select "Include a folder in the gallery." Browse to and highlight the folder that contains your scanned photo, then click "OK."

Select the folder you just added in the left column under the "Pictures" header.

Right-click on the scanned photo, and left-click on "Resize."

Select one of the preset image sizes ("Smallest," "Smaller," "Medium" or "Large"), or create your own by clicking on "Custom." Click on "Resize and Save."

Click on your newly resized and added photo. Click on "Print" in the menu bar, then click on "Print" again.

Select your "Printer," "Paper size," "Quality" and "Paper type." Click on the photograph print sizes you wish to print in the right column. Sizes range from "Contact sheet" to "Full page photo."

Increase the number of copies if you wish to print more than one page of photographs. Press the "Print" button.


Print on photo paper designed to work with your printer for best results. You may also download and install third-party image editors that provide the same and more robust editing options.

Things You'll Need

  • Printer
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