As people use computers with more and more frequency and become more capable with them, they start to learn new tasks. This coincides with a level of comfort and excitement when you start to realize the full capabilities of your computer, as well as the surprising number of things that you can accomplish on your Windows 7 computer. If you were not aware, your Windows 7 computer includes an image editing and drawing program called Microsoft Paint. You can use this to draw images from scratch, or you can use it to edit existing images. This is particularly helpful if you need to show someone an image of your computer, called a screenshot, or if you need to edit a screenshot in Microsoft Paint. This is a great way to point out a specific part of the screenshot by either drawing an arrow or drawing a circle.
Use Microsoft Paint to Make Changes to an Image
Screenshots are helpful tools to have at your disposal because sometimes you just cannot accurately describe something to someone. It is also helpful when you have something displayed on your screen that someone else would not be able to recreate, and you want to share it with them. Many people struggle with the screenshot functionality because there is no confirmation that the screenshot has occurred when you take it. But in this tutorial you will learn not only how to take and save a screenshot, but also how to edit a screenshot in Microsoft Paint.
Configure your screen so that the elements that you want to capture are visible. The screenshot function will only take an image of what you see on your screen right now. If you have a minimized window or a window that is behind another window, it will not be included in the screenshot.
Press the PrintScr button at the top-right corner of your keyboard. Nothing will happen, but the screenshot has been saved to your computer’s clipboard.
Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of your screen, type “Paint” into the search field, then press Enter on your keyboard.
Press Ctrl + V on your keyboard to paste the screenshot that you copied earlier.
Click the Crop button at the top of the window, then use the cursor to draw a square around the part of the image that you want to keep. Click the Crop button again to crop the image. Note that you do not have to crop the image if you do not want to.
If you want to resize the image, click the Resize button at the top of the window, change the values in the horizontal and vertical fields, then click the OK button.
Use the Brushes tool to draw freehand shapes on your image. You can change the color and size of the brush by clicking a different color in the Colors section of the menu and clicking the drop-down menu under the Brushes button, respectively.
You can also use the Shapes tool to draw more precise shapes on your image, such as circles or arrows.
While the program does not have a lot of advanced editing features, it is ideally suited for situations like this, where you are just making some basic changes to screenshots that you have taken from your computer. If you find that you need additional options for editing your images, you can always upgrade to more advanced tools like Photoshop or GIMP.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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