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How can I get MS Paint to remember my Page Setup?

Cheri Sheffield
Last Modified: 2008-08-25
I would like to know if there is a way to get the MS Paint program to remember my settings for the Page Setup.  I frequently paste screen shots to this program and have to modify the Page Setup every time because its defaults for Orientation, Margins, and Scaling are not conducive for printing.

I've tried making my desired changes (i.e. Orientation: Landscape; Margins: 0 all around - so they change to the printer minimums; Scaling: Fit to 1x1) and then saving the document.  However, when I reopen the document the Page Setup simply goes back to its usual defaults.

I've even thought of trying to specify my desired Page Setup via parameters to the program, but it seems that mspaint.exe does not accept any.
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dhsindyRetired considering supplemental income.

I have to agree with scrathcyboy on irfanview.  I still take screen shots and paste them to paint.  But, then I use irfanview to make the finished graphic.  I use it to make project and other kinds of icons mostly.
I hear you guys, and I love irfanview as a viewer, but having to go to two separate programs can be a hassle, that's why I look to an all in one solution...

and LambchopAZ, if you're talking screenshots, you may want to look into Gadwin (http://www.gadwin.com/) or  Snag-it (http://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.asp) or maybe even MWSnap (http://www.mirekw.com/winfreeware/mwsnap.html)...

I've used an older version of snag-it, because they were giving it away for free, and I now understand why it's considered the best for screenshot capturing and editing...

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