Consider yourself in a situation where you are taking screenshots of a resizable desktop window and the publication where they are to be posted has strict dimension requirements such as a blog post, a book, a presentation, a website etc. If you are taking the screenshot of a non-resizable window, there’s not much you can do other than scaling down the whole image or just taking the screenshot of a certain portion but in case of a resizable window, taking that perfect screenshot can be a bit tricky, as you don’t really have a visual cue on how much to resize before taking the screenshot. Instead of going through the hassle of resizing the Window again and again, and repeatedly taking screenshots till you get the perfect size, what if you had a tool that helped you resize the Window to the right dimensions? WndSizer is a simple, but very useful tool for Windows that acts as a scale for anything on your computer, coming especially handy in resizing windows to the required size. It’s a translucent window that can be resized both vertically and horizontally and dragged anywhere on the screen freely, while displaying its current size in the center.
WndSizer is a portable tool, so no installation is required and you can carry it around in a USB flash drive or run it from anywhere on the computer. Running its executable file brings up a translucent box on your screen. You can drag the box from any of the edges to resize it according to your requirements. The current dimensions of the box are displayed in pixels the standard Width x Height format.
The utility of this tool isn’t limited to screenshots; it can also come real handy when you are designing or editing images in very basic graphics applications that don’t offer precise measurement controls such as MS Paint. To sum it up, this tool can act as a horizontal and vertical scale ruler for all your on-screen measurements in pixels, where diagonal or freehand shaped measurements are not required.
The tool is certainly a handy one, but it has room for improvements. For instance, the text for the current size is too tiny and there’s no reason why it can’t be made bigger for better visibility. Also, the ability to snap its edges to the currently displayed windows the way several apps like Winamp and Google Talk do can make it infinitely more useful for making the measurements precise.
WndSizer works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Testing was done on Windows 7 64-bit.