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How to Change Default Size of Paint White Background in Windows


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This tutorial will show you how to change the default size of the white background (blank drawing area) when you open Paint (mspaint.exe) for your user account in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
Note   Note

  • When you open Paint, the white background in Paint will be the same size as it was when Paint was last closed by default.
  • Changing the size of the white background will not affect what you are currently working on in Paint.
  • When you open (File (Alt+F)) an image in Paint, the white background will automatically adjust to the same size as the image.
  • When you paste (CTRL + V ) an image in Paint, the white background will only automatically adjust to the same size as the image if the white background is currently smaller than the image.


EXAMPLE: White Background in Paint

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Paint White Background - Change Default Size in Windows OPTION ONE Paint White Background - Change Default Size in Windows
Change Size of Paint White Background by Dragging Borders

1. Press the + R keys to open the Run dialog, type mspaint, and click/tap on OK to open Paint.

2. Drag the horizontal and vertical borders of the white background to the size you want. (see screenshot below).

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Paint White Background - Change Default Size in Windows OPTION TWO Paint White Background - Change Default Size in Windows
Change Size of Paint White Background in Image Properties

1. Press the + R keys to open the Run dialog, type mspaint, and click/tap on OK to open Paint.

2. Press the CTRL + E keys to open Image Properties. (see screenshot below)

3. Select the Units (Inches, Centimeters, or Pixels) you want to use, type the Width (horizontal) and Height (vertical) size you want, and click/tap on OK to apply.

Note   Note
You can click/tap on the Default button to restore the default size of the white background.



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