How to Get a Grid in MS Paint

Written by jay leon
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Grids are useful in drawing as a reference to measure the sizes of the shapes you draw. And they are nearly indispensable when you need to align objects manually on the canvas. Windows Paint has a simple grid feature to serve this purpose. Although it lacks an automatic "snap to grid" feature that more advanced graphics editors may have, it still makes your work a lot easier.

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  1. 1

    Type "Paint" in the Windows 7 "Start" menu search bar and press "Enter" to launch the program.

  2. 2

    Click the blue main menu in the top left, click "Open" and select the picture you want to view. Or click "New" to create a blank new file. Go to the "Properties" option in the main menu if you want to set the size of the new document.

  3. 3

    Click the "View" tab on the Paint ribbon.

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    Check the box for "Gridlines." A grid will appear overlaying the Paint canvas area.

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    Click "Zoom in" to get a closer view of the canvas. The grid lines will appear more widely spaced apart.

  6. 6

    Click the 'Home" tab to access the Paint drawing and painting tools. Click a tool to begin drawing.

Tips and warnings

  • To maintain the aspect ratio of a preset shape, click the shape you want to use from the "Shapes" group, and then hold down the "Shift" key as you drag the mouse.
  • You can also enable "Rulers" as a further aid.

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