How to Print a Custom Size Picture on Windows Vista

Updated March 23, 2017

The Windows Vista operating system installs the Windows Photo Gallery by default upon installation. You can use the Windows Photo Gallery to size and print photos from within Vista without installing any additional software. The Windows Photo Gallery includes several print templates, which are provided for the most commonly used printing functions. For example, a template is provided to print 8 x 10 photos, and one is provided that will print two 4 x 6 photos on one page. You can print a custom-sized picture using the Windows Photo Gallery by invoking the "Fix" function and cropping or sizing the photo.

Click the Windows "Start" button and then click "All Programs."

Click the "Windows Photo Gallery" link to open the program. The program defaults to the "Pictures" folder on your computer.

Double-click the picture you want to print.

Click "Print," then click "Print" again. Select the print template closest to the size you want to use.

Click to place a check mark in the "Fit to Frame" box to fit the photo to the selected frame.

Click "Fix" on the toolbar in the Photo Gallery program, and click "Crop Picture." Click the "Custom" button. Drag the edges of the photo to the customised proportions you desire.

Click "Apply" to apply the customised settings.


Click the "Original" button in the "Crop Picture" dialogue box to reset the photo back to its original proportions.

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Tammy Clevenger works in the I.T. industry while maintaining creative outlets through film making, writing and audio production. She is a published academic author and is an accomplished and certified Project Management Professional.