Combatting image resizing

The comments to my last post about viewing comics on the UX180P revealed that I have been completely unaware of a very basic setting in Internet Explorer: automatic image resizing. Since I hope I wasn’t the last person on earth to learn about this, I thought I’d pass it along.

The two browsers I use most often are Internet Explorer and Safari. I’m accustomed to web pages and other documents appearing slightly differently on each, so I didn’t question anything when the fully loaded images from my last post looked like this on Safari:


and this on Internet Explorer:


I figured it was just one of those things and concluded that without the screen rotation feature on the UX, viewing comics was next to impossible.

Boy, was I wrong (not to mention embarrassed)! Good thing this isn’t a site dedicated to Internet Explorer!

Solution 1
Thanks to a reader by the name of JK, a quick visit to the Tools menu corrected what I had assumed to be a problem. Simply go to Internet Options, click on the Advanced tab, and scroll down to the Multimedia heading. Then uncheck the box next to “Enable Automatic Image Resizing.”


The image will appear in its full-sized glory, and all you have to do is scroll to see/read the whole page.


Solution 2
Readers Bruno and Tony pointed out a method that enables complete image viewing without having to change any of the default settings. Well, it’s not a "method" per se, but it’s something I never knew about. This reveals how rarely I look at large images online and, again, how I’ve been utterly blind to an incredibly basic feature of a program I’ve been using every single day for years. (I repeat, good thing this isn’t a site dedicated to Internet Explorer!)

When you click on an automatically resized image, two icons appear on opposing corners. The top one is a small tray containing options for saving, printing, and emailing the image. I knew about this one. The bottom one, however, was news to me.


Click on the icon and behold!


Of course, if you want to read a page in its entirety without scrolling, changing the UX screen orientation is <em>still</em> the only way to go!

Thanks for the tips, guys.

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Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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4 thoughts on “Combatting image resizing

  • Avatar of Supp0rtLinux - aka: The Purple Beast Hater

    You neglected to mention Firefox? Its available for both the PC and the Mac. I (like many others) use it as our default browser. FYI: Mozilla (before the Firefox fork) introduced image resizing. IE just copied the idea. And like IE, you can turn it on or off. However, the kewl thing about FF is the +/- icon over the image… namely, if you turn image resizing on in FF, the browser will automatically render the image to fit in the screen. When your mouse is over the image, the cursor will change to a + sign or a – minus sign, allowing to you zoom in or out. This is handy when you’re looking at a high-res 1600×1200 image on a 1024×800 screen. But if you want to see the detail, just click the plus sign to see it in full (with horiz and vert scroll bars), or click the – minus sign again to go back to the “fitted” view.

  • Ah, I know, but that’s only because I don’t use it. I only use IE on a PC and Safari on a Mac. I actually just downloaded Firefox for Mac a few days ago, though, so maybe I’ll make a permanent switch. I haven’t played with it much, but it seems similar to Safari (tabbed browsing, bookmark bar, etc.), which I like.

    I didn’t know about the +/- thing. No surprise I guess, considering how little I knew about resizing to begin with. Thanks for the tip.

    By the way, and this is unrelated, but what are your thoughts on the Nokia 770 internet tablet? It’s Linux-based, so I figured you might have tried one out. I know it’s pretty much just good for browsing the web, but since it doesn’t claim to be any more than that (and it’s only about $350), I’m getting tempted.

    P.S. I’m glad to see “purple beast hater” instead of, say, “small white cat killer” :)

  • Avatar of Supp0rtLinux - AKA: The Hello Kitty Hater

    FF comment – I completely understand using the browser that comes with the OS. However, if you spend enough time either switching between OS’s or PC’s, you’ll learn to love apps that are OS agnostic. For example, I can easily move my Firefox profile folder from a Windows system to a Linux one and vice versa with absolutely no data loss. And it works for Thunderbird too. The only thing that ever gets affected are settings for plugins or extensions (ie: PDF viewing is done differently on Linux than Windows, and the flash plugin is different for the different platforms), but in terms of the normal configuration options, bookmarks, etc… its completely portable. And FF has a host of addons (extensions), the best one being the Google FF prefs one that let’s you store your prefs on via your Google account, so they’re available to any PC you use as long as you sign in to Google. :)

    As for the Nok… yes, I’ve tried it… I own one, but it wasn’t suitable as a desktop or laptop replacement in my opinion (which is why I use a UX180P now… my OQO replaced my IBM Thinkpad T42 and now the UX has replaced the OQO). For sitting on the couch browsing the web or checking webmail, its great… but I can do that easily enough with my UX, so the 770 is sort of useless to me. I use it for other purposes, though… I test Linux apps on it… if I need to do a long download via BitTorrent or LimeWire, I’ll use the 770 then xfer the files to my UX… I’ve done a bit of wardriving with it. In general, its a kewl device for the money and is great if you don’t want to test Linux on your primary system and/or don’t like live CDs. Its very open and very hackable. If I’m not mistaken, you’re in Hawaii??? If so, I’m pretty sure they have a Fry’s there (on Oahu, I believe). My local Fry’s has a 770 in stock, though they hide with the PDA’s…

    Oh, yeah, and… I don’t hate cats. I have two that I love. I just hate cutesy-wootsy electronics such as the Hello Kitty MP3 Player. :) Well, and I hate kids toys that talk back too… which is why I enjoy shooting Barney dolls, Tickle Me Elmo, and Teletubbies. As my wife put it, perhaps I should’ve waited a few more years before having kids… :) But I’m a good dad, really I am… I even gave my four year old a new RAZR. Doesn’t that make me a good dad? At minimum it makes up for abusing her 5′ Barney doll with the double-bladed Darth Maul lightsabre I bought at ThinkGeek. :)

  • Hello Kitty also has a range of speakers, even flat panels. Perfect for target practice, perhaps.

    I do live in Hawaii, but there’s no Fry’s here. That’s why my husband and I make it our number-one stop when we’re on the West Coast. Best Buy recently opened a few stores here; other than that, the only “big names” we have are CompUSA and Circuit City. I get most of my stuff from Amazon, which I love.

    Thanks for your comments about the Nokia. It’s looking very tempting indeed. I spend so much time online that I wouldn’t mind something dedicated to it. I’m not a big fan of consolidating electronics – the more the merrier, I say :)

    A four-year-old with a new RAZR? Now that’s what I like to hear. Get ’em when they’re young!!


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