How to Import Word Text Into Paint


The Microsoft Paint program gives you the option to import images from other sources using the "Edit" then "Paste From" menu command available in the top menu. However, you cannot use this feature to import text. You can import text into "Microsoft Paint" using the copy and paste commands and the "Text" tool available in the left menu. For a simple paste, you can even use the "Select" tool also available in the left menu.

  • Open the program containing the text you want to import to "Paint." Select the text you would like to copy and use the "CTRL" and "C" keyboard command to save it for pasting.

  • Go to the "Paint" program, select "Edit" from the top menu then "Paste" to paste the text into the "Paint" program. You can also use the "CTRL" and "V" keyboard command to paste the text into the "Paint" program. Using this method will import the text as a "Selection" using the "Select" tool -- the top left icon in the left menu identified by the dotted lined square. Once you import the text, you will only be able to resize it by clicking and moving the squares on the dotted line bordering the text. For more editing options, import the text using the "Text" tool.

  • Go to the "Paint" program and click the "Text" tool in the left menu. The "Text" tool is the icon with the capital letter "A" on it. Place your mouse in the upper-left corner of where you want the text box to begin, click and drag down and to the right to size and place the text box. It will appear as a square box with dotted lines. Try to make the box the approximate size or larger of the block of text you want to paste.

  • Copy the text from its original location and click in the text box in the "Paint" program. You will see a vertical blinking line cursor at the beginning of the text box. Paste the text into the text box by pressing "CTRL" and "V." If you did not make your text box big enough, you will get a dialog box that says "Not enough room to paste text. Enlarge the text area and try again." Click the "OK" button on this dialog box to close it. Click the lower-right corner of the text box and drag it down and to the right to make it larger; paste the text again. Repeat this step if you need to.

  • Select the text in the "Paint" text box and right-click to open a submenu. Select "Text Toolbar" to open the "Fonts" toolbar. Using this toolbar, select your font face, font size and font style. You can also edit the text if you need to make changes. Once you click outside the "Paint" text box, you can no longer change the written text, font, font size or font style. You can use the other "Paint" tools to alter the appearance of the text. If you need to edit something that requires the text tool, use "CTRL" and "Z" to remove the text box and start over.

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