How to Edit and Enhance Screenshots Using MS Paint

MakeUseOf | 10/14/2019 | Ben Stegner
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Taking screenshots is a basic but important computer skill that all users should have. And while you hopefully have a favorite tool for both taking and editing screenshots, sometimes you’re caught in a pinch and wonder how to edit a screenshot in Microsoft Paint.

While it’s not ideal, we’ll show you how to perform basic screenshot editing in MS Paint. It’s good to know in case you find yourself on a friend’s computer or one where you can’t install anything.

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Before we look at how to edit a screenshot on your PC, you need to know how to get a screenshot in the first place. The most basic method involves Microsoft Paint.

First, press the Print Screen key (which might be abbreviated as PrtScn or similar on your keyboard) to copy everything on your desktop to the clipboard. If you have multiple monitors and want to screenshot just the current display, press Alt + PrtScn instead.

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Next, open Microsoft Paint. You can do this easily by opening the Start menu and typing paint to search for it.

Once you have Paint open, just press Ctrl + V (the universal shortcut to Paste ) to place the screenshot into Paint. If you don’t need to edit the print screen output, you can simply press Ctrl + S (or go to File > Save as) to open the Save dialog and give your image a name.

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If you want a slightly more robust, yet still built-in, way to capture a screenshot, try the Snipping Tool. Type snipping into the Start menu to find it. Instead of capturing your entire display with PrtScn, this lets you select an area or window on the screen to capture. Doing so cuts down on the screenshot editing you do later.

In future versions of Windows 10, the Snipping Tool’s functionality will move to...
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