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Windows 7: How to find/ Install MS Paint?

06 Jul 2013   #1

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How to find/ Install MS Paint?

I'm sure this is an easy one for you guys.

I need to install Paint on my machine.

My understnding is that it is already available on Win 7 machines, but just needs to be 'activated' (or similar).

Assuming it is already there, but 'hidden', can somebody tell me how to 'unhide' it so that I can use it.#


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06 Jul 2013   #2


It doesn't need to be activated or anything like that. You just open it.

There are a few different ways to open it. Here's one that may be the easiest:
  1. Open the Start menu
  2. Type paint
  3. Press Enter

If you think that you will use it frequently, then pin it to the Taskbar by right-clicking its taskbar button (this is done while Paint is open) and select "Pin this program to taskbar".
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06 Jul 2013   #3

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

There is also a Freeware program called "" that works s similarly. I use both from time to time.
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06 Jul 2013   #4


MS Paint can be found in Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories. The file it self (mspaint.exe) can be found in C:\Windows\System32\. It can be opened opened using Run dialog or searched by both Paint and MsPaint.

It is a native pre-installed Windows application and does not need to be separately installed or activated.

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06 Jul 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional X64

As a great alternative, you can try:

Download FastStone Capture 5.3 -

Screen capture or specific frame, draw arrows,add captions, much more.
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06 Jul 2013   #6

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

In general, if you are looking for standard software included wth windows 7, click on Start Button, then click on "all programs", then select the folder called "accessories". There you find Paint, notepad, wordpad, recorders, calculator... whatever.
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06 Jul 2013   #7
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

If you search MS Paint tutorial you will find a large list of how to use Paint.
Here is one of many.
MS PAINT- Microsoft Paint Basic Tips & Tutorial- Also Download Too - YouTube

Have fun and have a great week-end.
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06 Jul 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (VM).

I have Paint pinned to the Start menu and Quick-Launch in Win 7, and pinned in a group named 'Quick Tools' on the Start Screen (and in Quick-Launch) in Win 8/8.1, as I use it for quick & basic stuff that isn't worth opening Photo-Shop for.

But, as others have stated, there are several ways to open Paint, just use whichever one suits you the best. There isn't a 'right' or 'wrong' way.

One thing I personally can't abide, though, is a task-bar full of pinned programs. That's what the oft-forgotten Quick-Launch toolbar is for. My task-bar is for showing running programs, pinned stuff goes in Quick-Launch.

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08 Jul 2013   #9

7 Home Premium

Thanks everybody, I appreciate your swift responses! Just what I wanted.

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