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MS Paint - Remove rectangular section in middle of screenshot

Posted on 2016-07-28
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MS Paint/Win10

I have a screenshot which contains extra whitespace I need to. e.g per the ruler on the lefthand side of the MS Paint screen:
I have valid content from 0 to 200.
I have unneeded whitespace from 200 to 250.
I have more valid content from 250 to 400.

How can I "cut" those 50 units (pixels?) from the screenshot? In other words, i need the content from 250 to 400 to "move up" to be at 200 to 350. The resultant screenshot would now be 350 units tall instead of 400.

Apologies for not including the screenshot; however, it's proprietary and not easily scrubbed.

Thanks,
Steve
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Steve in paint you should be able to grab the bottom right corner of the white space (canvas) and tuck it under your image. Otherwise use the square "select" tool to grab what you want to keep and use the Crop function.
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by:Stephen Kairys
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@MASQ,
I like the idea of the select tool/crop function.  Where is "crop" on the toolbar?

Looking for Crop Function
Thanks!
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Err. It's on the right next to select ....
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Actually I think I've visualised this wrongly. You have two blocks of about the same width you want to keep but a block between them you want to remove, right?
If so use the square select to grab the lower portion you want to keep and cut it
Then paste back . It'll now be a floating selection you can move up underneath the top part.
Once in the right place hit esc to fix it in place.
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by:Stephen Kairys
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@MASQ:
1. Yes, I see CROP now. It was grayed out so I missed it. My bad. :)
2. The two blocks are EXACTLY the same width.

Thanks.
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by:Stephen Kairys
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@MASQ - Thank you!! That method worked. Btw, the selection in question is the entire width of the screenshot.

I will add two hints to your solution, if you don't mind.
1. When you're dragging the floating selection, do it SLOWLY to be sure its in the right place.
2. After you're done, you may need to move up the lower border of the screenshot via the little button on the bottom-middle of the Paint screen.
Little Button on the Bottom
Steve
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by:Stephen Kairys
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@MASQ _ Thank you again! Points awarded to you. I tagged my hints as an assisted solution to be sure other users will see it, but be assured that 's no reflection on the excellent help your provided.

Steve
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