Paint.NET keyboard shortcuts

Paint.NET  

Zeynel -
7 years ago
- Shortcuts

If you were using Paint.net without keyboard shortcuts, take look at this list. They'll not only make you faster on drawing lines, shapes or filling areas with color, but you'll also learn more about Paint.net features.

0
Space +
+

Pan image

2
Page Up

Scroll up

1
or
1
Page Down

Scroll down

0
or
1
↑  Shift +

Scroll left

0
or Shift + Page Up
1
or Home
0
↑  Shift +

Scroll right

1
or Shift + Page Down
1
or End
0
Home

(twice) Scroll image to top left of editing window

0
Ctrl + Home

Scroll top left image to center screen

-1
End

(twice) Scroll image to bottom right of editing window

1
Ctrl + End

Scroll bottom right image to center screen

1
Ctrl +

Zoom in / out

1
or Ctrl + -
0
or Ctrl + +
0
Ctrl + 0

Set actual size

Alternatively, in the Status Bar drag the slider or type a value in the percentage text box.

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0
Ctrl + B

(twice) First combination zooms to Window, the second restores the previous zoom level

-1
Space +

Pan canvas

0
or Space +
0
Space + Ctrl +

Pan canvas x10

0
Ctrl + D

Deselect active selection

0
or ⤶ Enter
0

Shift current tool per pixel (may not work with all tools)

0
Ctrl +

Shift current tool 10 pixels (may not work with all tools)

0
Alt

Show menu. Press underlined letter in menu to use menu hotkey

0
F5

Show / hide Tools window

0
F6

Show / hide History window

0
F7

Show / hide layers window

-1
F8

Show / hide colors window

0
Esc

Commit text or tool drawing to layer

0
or ⤶ Enter
0
or Ctrl + D
... or Click Finish on the toolbar.
Note: x2 means pressing shortcut twice, x3 is pressing three times etc.
1
S

Rectangle select

-1
S

(x2) Lasso select

0
S

(x3) Ellipse select

-2
S

(x4) Magic Wand tool

0
F

Paint Bucket

0
B

Paintbrush

0
P

Pencil

0
L

Clone Stamp

-2
T

Text

0
O

(x2) Shapes

0
M

Move selected pixels

0
M

(x2) Move selection

0
Z

Zoom

0
H

Pan

To temporarily activate panning, hold Space and drag with left mouse button.
0
G

Gradient

1
E

Eraser

0
K

Color Picker

0
R

Recolor

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1
O

Line / Curve

1
Ctrl + Tab

Next image

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + Tab

Previous image

0
Ctrl + 1

... to 9: Switch to image number pressed

0
or Alt + 1
1
[

Open File menu

-1
]

New image

0
Ctrl + O

Open image

0
Ctrl + W

Close image

0
or Ctrl + F4
0
Ctrl + S

Save image

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + S

Save image as

0
Ctrl + P

Print

2
Alt + F4

Exit Paint.net

0
Alt + F

then X: Exit Paint.net

1
Alt + E

Open Edit menu

0
Ctrl + Z

Undo

0
Ctrl + Y

Redo

0
Ctrl + X

Cut

0
or ↑  Shift + Del
0
Ctrl + C

Kopyala

0
or Ctrl + Insert
0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + C

Copy merged

0
Ctrl + V

Paste

1
or ↑  Shift + Insert
0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + V

Paste into new layer

2
or Ctrl + Alt + V
1
Del

Erase selection

0
Backspace

Fill selection

0
Ctrl + I

Invert selection

0
Ctrl + A

Select all

0
Ctrl + D

Deselect active selection

0
or ⤶ Enter
0
Alt + V

Open view menu

-1
Ctrl + +

Zoom in

0
Ctrl + -

Zoom out

0
Ctrl + B

Zoom to window

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + B

Zoom to selection

0
Ctrl + 0

Actual size

0
Alt + I

Open image menu

1
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + X

Crop to selection

0
Ctrl + R

Resize

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + R

Canvas size

0
Ctrl + H

Rotate 90° (clockwise)

0
Ctrl + G

Rotate 90° (counter-clockwise)

0
Ctrl + J

Rotate 180°

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + F

Flatten

0
Alt + L

Open Layers menu

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + N

Add new layer

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + Del

Delete layer

1
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + D

Duplicate layer

0
Ctrl + M

Merge layer down

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + Z

Rotate / zoom

0
F4

Layer properties

0
Ctrl +

(on blue up or down arrow) Move active layer top or bottom of list

0
Alt + A

Open Adjustments menu

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + L

Auto-level

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + G

Black & White

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + T

Brightness / contrast

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + M

Curves

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + U

Hue / saturation

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + I

Invert colors

0
Ctrl + L

Levels

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + P

Posterize

0
Ctrl + ↑  Shift + E

Sepia

0
Alt + C

Open Effects menu

0
Ctrl + F

Repeat last effect

0
Alt + X

Open Settings dialog

0
Alt + H

Open Help menu

0
F1

Online documentation

0
Ctrl + E

Paint.net search page

-1
F8

Toggle visibility of the window

0
X

Swap primary and secondary colors

1
C

Switch active color

0
S

Rectangle select

0
S

(x2) Lasso select


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Program information

Program name: Paint.NET Paint.NET (Imaging)

Paint.net is a free raster graphics editor for Windows. Developed on the .NET Framework, it was originally created by Washington State student Rick Brewster. Paint.net grew from a simple alternative for the Microsoft Paint into editor with layers, blending, transparency and plugin support.

Web page: getpaint.net

Last update: 5/12/2020 8:18 AM UTC

How easy to press shortcuts: 87%

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Updated: Updated program information. (2 updates.) 5/12/2020 10:10:46 AM Added some shortcuts.
5/12/2020 10:18:33 AM Updated program information.

Shortcut count: 226

Platform detected: Windows or Linux

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? Uncle OP says : 23 days ago 4/24/2024 12:13 AM
I've been using the wrong image editing program. Gonna try it with paintdotnet from now on. The instructions are much more clear this way
? Buchi OP says : 9 months ago 9/1/2023 2:11 PM
I have a problem with plugins, pait.net 5.0.9, how can I solve it?
? beyakarylle OP says : 2 years ago 4/6/2022 10:18 AM
Thanks for the Info.
I use Paint .Net a lot for most editing and resizing tasks, but it does lack such things as HDR photo editing and other high end features. But it opens so fast, and you can specify what tool you want it to default to when it opens, so that’s very handy.
I am using a XP-Pen Star 03 ( https://www.xp-pen.com/product/44.html ) digital drawing tablet. They are like perfectly tuned to paint .net . All the button functions will work and it was affordable as well.