How to Insert Shapes & Arrows in Microsoft Paint

Microsoft Paint is a graphic design program that is well-suited to small graphic design projects and simple image editing jobs. Because Microsoft Paint is a simple program, it is convenient to use, and it won't take you much time to master all of its available tools and commands if you use it regularly--even if you have never used graphic design software before. With a little practice, you will be soon able to easily insert shapes and arrows into a Microsoft Paint image.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Microsoft Paint


    • 1

      Open the Microsoft Paint application on your computer.

    • 2

      Click the "Home" tab at the top of the screen, and select "Shapes."

    • 3

      Click on the ready-made shape you would like to insert into your image from the drop-down menu under "Shapes." Available shapes include arrows, circles, ovals, lines, curves, hearts, lightning bolts and many others.

    • 4

      Position the pointer on your Microsoft Paint image where you would like to insert your ready-made shape. Drag the pointer to draw the shape to the desired size. Insert a shape with equal sides by holding the "shift" key as you drag the pointer.

    • 5

      Edit your shape's outline by selecting your shape. In the "Shapes" group, click "outline" or "no outline" to add or remove an outline. Click "size" to adjust the outline size.

    • 6

      Change the shape's color by selecting the shape and clicking the "Colors" group. Click "color 1" to select a color for the shape's outline. Click "color 2" to select a color for the interior of the shape.

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