How to reset Microsoft Paint settings to default in Windows 10?

June 1, 2020 |

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Have you ever used Microsoft Paint? It is a basic graphics editor included in Windows 10. You can use the program to draw some simple shapes and also use its editing tools to make changes to images in BMP, JPEG, PNG, or GIF format.

If you’re familiar with Paint, you know that the app launches into a white page by default. This page serves as a canvas on which you can carry out simple graphics creation or editing using the app.

In the course of your work with Paint, you will likely have to adjust the resolution, width and height of the default page to fit your creation. After closing the program, the default white page will display the last resolution you worked with.

While this might be a good thing in the event that you want to keep working with that resolution, you might instead prefer the default Microsoft Paint resolution. In that case, this guide is what you are looking for. Here, you will learn how to change the white page in MS Paint back to its default configuration.

How to Reset MS Paint Default Settings in Windows 10

When you open MS Paint, the white page that greets you is set to a certain resolution. This resolution varies according to the resolution of your computer screen. You have probably gotten comfortable with using the white page as a base to carry out all manner of drawing and editing tasks in MS Paint.

You have finished your work and closed the app. You want to use the app again, but the default page is in your last-used resolution. However, you prefer to use the default resolution for your work. Not to worry, the task of resetting Paint’s resolution to its default state is pretty simple.

As simple as doing anything in the registry could get, at any rate.

Going into the registry via the Registry Editor is not quite the trip of death it used to be. Even so, there is no harm in taking precautions. It is recommended to back up your registry or create a system restore point before you proceed further with this guide.

That said, what you need to do is quite simple. As long as you follow the instructions, you will be in and out in no time.

Below are the steps to reset Microsoft Paint settings to default in Windows 10:

  • Open the Registry Editor. First, use Win Key+R to bring up the Run box, then type “regedit” (without quotes) in the field and click OK.
  • Next, once the Registry Editor opens, go to the path given below. You can also paste the path in the path bar at the top to get there faster:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\View

  • In the Values field on the right, look for three values named BMPHeight, BMPWidth, and WindowPlacement respectively. Delete them.
  • Right-click on each file and select Delete from the context menu. Choose Yes when the delete confirmation pop-up shows up.

And that is all. Next time you open Microsoft Paint, you will find that your beloved white page is now in its default resolution.

In Microsoft Paint, go to File > Properties and click the Default button to use the default height, width, resolution, and color for the white page in Paint.

And if you encounter any flickering or graphics issues when using the app, you can use this tool to update your monitor and graphics card drivers for better performance.

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