Images That You Created in MS Paint Are Larger Than Expected When You Print Them

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If you create a document by using MS Paint, when you print the file, the images may be larger than expected.


This issue can occur because printing is dependent on video resolution. MS Paint does not consider video display resolution when it creates the output. If your video display is set to 640 x 480, when you print the file, the image is very large. However, if the Desktop Area or Screen Area settings are set to higher display settings, when you print the file, the images are smaller than expected.


To work around this issue, paste the image into a Microsoft WordPad document (or a document from a similar program), and then print the document.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


When you use WordPad, you can resize the image and retain a crisp image printout. When you paste an image into WordPad, the image is converted to a Windows Meta File (WMF) which is more flexible than a bitmap file. MS Paint uses the bitmap format.


Article ID: 280848 - Last Review: October 21, 2013 - Revision: 1.3
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