Microsoft Paint

What Does Microsoft Paint Mean?

Microsoft Paint or MS Paint (MSP) is a legacy graphics drawing program that has been shipped with all versions of Windows. MSP is an easy way to create different kinds of graphics, with tools such as brushes, erasers, pens and shape generators.


Techopedia Explains Microsoft Paint

MSP allows Windows users not only to view graphics files, but also to edit them or create their own graphics. With tools like color fillers, complex line generators, image pasting and even a text tool for adding text in various fonts and sizes, MSP has provided generations of Windows users with ways to integrate more sophisticated graphics into documents and images.

MSP can read and save images in various formats, including .BMP, .PNG, .JPG, etc.


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