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Microsoft Paint Keyboard Shortcuts

Impress your friends with your intimate knowledge of Microsoft Paint! See also albinoblacksheep.com's MS paint tutorial, and paintmash.com's Paint discussion.

ALT
Alt-COpens the drop-down menu for Colors.
Alt-EOpens the drop-down menu for Edit.
Alt-FOpens the drop-down menu for File.
Alt-HOpens the drop-down menu for Help.
Alt-IOpens the drop-down menu for Image.
Alt-VOpens the drop-down menu for View.
Alt-F4Closes the drawing.
Alt-EscWindows command to switch between windows/opened programs.
Alt-SpacebarWindows command equivalent to right-clicking on the blue bar at the top of the window.
CTRL
Ctrl-ASelects the entire canvas, useful before flipping, rotating, stretching, or skewing the entire canvas.
Ctrl-CCopies the selected area.
Ctrl-EBrings up the image attributes.
Ctrl-FShows a full-screen view of the image.
Ctrl-G(Only at 6x,8x, or 10x zoom) Shows a grid under the drawing; it is sized by pixels.
Ctrl-IThe fun one, inverts the colors.
Ctrl-LRemoves/Adds the "Color Box"(Color Pallette) at the bottom of the screen.
Ctrl-NOpens up a new canvas within the same screen.
*Will delete current drawing unless you save it.
Ctrl-OOpens up the "Open file..." screen.
Ctrl-PPrints the image.
Ctrl-RBrings up the "Flip/Rotate" tool.
Ctrl-SAutomatically saves your drawing under the name you have it saved as, if not, it will bring up the "Save file as..."
Ctrl-TRemoves/Adds the Main "Tool Box" on the left side.
Ctrl-VPastes whatever you have copied or pasted into the top left corner of the screen; if you are zoomed in it will be in the left corner of where you are zoomed in to.

*If the selected image being pasted is bigger than the canvas you have, it will automatically be re-sized to fit the image being pasted.
Ctrl-WBrings up the "Stretch/Skew" Tool.
Ctrl-XCuts the selected area, in other words copies the selected area, but takes it off the screen.
Ctrl-YRe-does whatever you undid or deleted. In case you feel it looks better that way or are trying to figure out things.
Ctrl-ZUndoes whatever you just drew with the last click and hold of your mouse. Undoes only up to 3 previous clicks in XP, slightly more in Vista.
Ctrl-PageDownZooms out to 1x from zoom.
Ctrl-PageUpZooms in to preset zoom.
Ctrl-Shift-NClears the entire canvas.
Ctrl-
(Minus on num pad)
Makes any of the drawing tools(Including spraypaint) you are drawing with increasingly smaller, smaller than you can select normally.
Ctrl+
(Plus on num pad)
Makes any of the drawing tools increasingly larger, infintely large.

When using "Color Select" tool -Selects that color as an auxillary color for use, not a primary or secondary

When using any of the drawing tools -Draws in the auxillary color
Holding Shift:
When using the "Line Tool" -Makes a straight line at 90 or 45 degree angles.
When using the "Ellipse Tool" -Makes a perfect circle.
When using the "Rectangle" -Makes a perfect square.
When using the "Rounded Rectangle" -Makes a perfect square with rounded edges.
Other
F10Changes the cursor of Spraycan, Pencil, Crosshairs, etc.. to a normal pointer cursor until you click the mouse or push a key.
Print ScreenTakes a screenshot and is automatically copied. So after you take a screenshot, it is best to paste it somewhere, usually on a new canvas, before you copy anything else.