How to Cut Just an Image From Microsoft Paint Without the Box

Written by shae hazelton
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Microsoft Paint may not have the advanced options of some of the more popular image-editing programs, but you can still do simple things, such as cutting an object from an image. You have two options when it comes to cutting an object from your image. You can use the simple Select tool to cut the object out, or you can use the more complicated Free-Form Select tool. Although the Free-Form Select tool is harder to use, it allows you to cut away just the object you want instead of some of the surrounding area.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Select the Free-Form Select tool. It should look just like a star shape right next to the box-shaped cutter.

  2. 2

    Click on the edge of the object you wish to crop from the photo. Hold down the mouse’s left button and move around the edges of the image. It may take several tries to cut the image out just right.

  3. 3

    Connect the end of your cut with the starting point. If your cut does not meet back up with the starting point, you will not be able to crop the object from the image.

  4. 4

    Right-click the object after you finish cutting it out. Select the “Cut” option on the menu that appears. You can move it to another part of the image by clicking on the object and dragging it.

Tips and warnings

  • Windows 7 uses a different layout from older version. To select the Free-Form Select tool, click the “Select” button, below the box on the Image tab. Click the “Free-Form Selection” button on the drop-down menu.

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