Paint.NET keyboard shortcuts

Paint.NET

Zeynel Abidin Öztürk -
22 months 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.

Space +
+

Pan image

Page Up

Scroll up

or
Page Down

Scroll down

or
↑   Shift +

Scroll left

or Shift + Page Up
or Home
↑   Shift +

Scroll right

or Shift + Page Down
or End
Home

(twice) Scroll image to top left of editing window

Ctrl + Home

Scroll top left image to center screen

End

(twice) Scroll image to bottom right of editing window

Ctrl + End

Scroll bottom right image to center screen

Ctrl +

Zoom in / out

or Ctrl + -
or Ctrl + +
Ctrl + 0

Set actual size

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

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

Space +

Pan canvas

or Space + ← ↑ → ↓
Space + Ctrl + ← ↑ → ↓

Pan canvas x10

Ctrl + D

Deselect active selection

or ⤶ Enter
← ↑ → ↓

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

Ctrl + ← ↑ → ↓

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

Alt

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

F5

Show / hide Tools window

F6

Show / hide History window

F7

Show / hide layers window

F8

Show / hide colors window

Esc

Commit text or tool drawing to layer

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

Rectangle select

S

(x2) Lasso select

S

(x3) Ellipse select

S

(x4) Magic Wand tool

F

Paint Bucket

B

Paintbrush

P

Pencil

L

Clone Stamp

T

Text

O

(x2) Shapes

M

Move selected pixels

M

(x2) Move selection

Z

Zoom

H

Pan

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

Gradient

E

Eraser

K

Color Picker

R

Recolor

O

Line / Curve

Ctrl + ⭾ Tab

Next image

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + ⭾ Tab

Previous image

Ctrl + 1

... to 9: Switch to image number pressed

or Alt + 1
[

Open File menu

]

New image

Ctrl + O

Open image

Ctrl + W

Close image

or Ctrl + F4
Ctrl + S

Save image

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + S

Save image as

Ctrl + P

Print

Alt + F4

Exit Paint.net

Alt + F

then X: Exit Paint.net

Alt + E

Open Edit menu

Ctrl + Z

Undo

Ctrl + Y

Redo

Ctrl + X

Cut

or ↑   Shift + Del
Ctrl + C

Kopyala

or Ctrl + Insert
Ctrl + ↑   Shift + C

Copy merged

Ctrl + V

Paste

or ↑   Shift + Insert
Ctrl + ↑   Shift + V

Paste into new layer

or Ctrl + Alt + V
Del

Erase selection

⬅ Backspace

Fill selection

Ctrl + I

Invert selection

Ctrl + A

Select all

Ctrl + D

Deselect active selection

or ⤶ Enter
Alt + V

Open view menu

Ctrl + +

Zoom in

Ctrl + -

Zoom out

Ctrl + B

Zoom to window

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + B

Zoom to selection

Ctrl + 0

Actual size

Alt + I

Open image menu

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + X

Crop to selection

Ctrl + R

Resize

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + R

Canvas size

Ctrl + H

Rotate 90° (clockwise)

Ctrl + G

Rotate 90° (counter-clockwise)

Ctrl + J

Rotate 180°

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + F

Flatten

Alt + L

Open Layers menu

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + N

Add new layer

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + Del

Delete layer

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + D

Duplicate layer

Ctrl + M

Merge layer down

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + Z

Rotate / zoom

F4

Layer properties

Ctrl +

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

Alt + C

Open Effects menu

Ctrl + F

Repeat last effect

Alt + X

Open Settings dialog

Alt + H

Open Help menu

F1

Online documentation

Ctrl + E

Paint.net search page

F8

Toggle visibility of the window

X

Swap primary and secondary colors

C

Switch active color

S

Rectangle select

S

(x2) Lasso select

S

(x3) Ellipse select

+

Create a selection

or
+
Ctrl +
+

Add to selection

Alt +
+

Subtract from selection

Ctrl +
+

Invert selection mode

Alt +
+

Intersect selection modu

↑   Shift +

Force rectangle select to square

↑   Shift +

Force ellipse select to circle

Move Selected Pixels tool + Ctrl: Move a copy of selection
S

(x4) Activate Magic Wand

Create selection of like piksels

Ctrl +

Add to selection

Alt +

Subtract from selection

Ctrl +

Invert a portion of selection

Alt +

Intersect selection mode

Shift + other Magic Wand action: Global selection
M

Move Selected Pixels tool

M

(x2) Move Selection tool

(drag corner or edge nub) Resize the selection

↑   Shift +

(drag corner nub) Resize and keep proportions

+

(when pointer is a four-way arrow) Move selection

+

(when pointer is a double headed arrow) Rotate selection

or
+
Ctrl

(hold while using this tool) Manipulate a copy of the selection (Move Selected Pixels Tool only)

Z

Activate zoom tool

Zoom in

Zoom out

+

Pan while zoomed

or
H

Activate Pan tool

+

Pan the canvas

or
+
or
+
+ ← ↑ → ↓

Reposition Pan tool

← ↑ → ↓

Pan tool

F

Activate Paint Bucket

Fill area with primary color

or ⬅ Backspace

Fill area with secondary color

or ↑   Shift + ⬅ Backspace
↑   Shift

(hold in Contiguous mode) Global fill mode

↑   Shift

(hold in Global mode) Contiguous fill mode

G

Activate Gradient tool

+

Primary to secondary gradient

+

Secondary to primary gradient

(click the nub) Swap gradient direction (i.e. swap color roles)

(four arrow icon) Move gradient while drawing

↑   Shift

(hold while dragging either nub) Constrain gradient to 15 degree increment

B

Activate Paintbrush tool

Draw in primary color

or
+

Draw in secondary color

or
+
P

Activate Pencil tool

Draw in primary color

or
+

Draw in secondary color

or
+
E

Activate Eraser tool

+

Erase an area

K

Activate color picker

Set primary color

Set secondary color

R

Activate Recolor tool

Recolor secondary color with primary

Recolor primary with secondary

L

Activate Clone Stamp tool

Ctrl +

Set source point

+

Copy pixels

or
+
T

Activate Text tool

Esc

Commit text to layer

O

Activate Line/Curve tool

,

Start Cap style

.

Line style

/

End Cap style

+ ← ↑ → ↓

(hold the nub) Move line / curve

(drag nub) Move line / curve

(drag four way arrow icon) Drag entire line / curve

← ↑ → ↓

Move line / curve by 1px

+

Rotate line / curve

↑   Shift

(while rotating) Lock rotation to 15° increments

O

(x2) Activate Shape tool

+

Draw shape in primary color

+

Draw shape in secondary color

A

Cycle forward through shapes

↑   Shift + A

Cycle backward through shapes

(drag nub) Move Shape nubs

+ ← ↑ → ↓

(click and hold the nub) Move Shape nubs

↑   Shift

(hold while dragging any nub) Lock Shape height and width ratio

+

(drag four-way arrow icon) Drag entire shape

← ↑ → ↓

Move Shape by 1px

Ctrl + ← ↑ → ↓

Move Shape by 10px

+

Rotate Shape

↑   Shift

(hold while rotating) Lock rotation to 15° increments

Ctrl

(hold while clicking - or + corner size keys in the toolbar) Increase corner value change to 5px (Rounded Rectangle only)


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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: https://www.getpaint.net/

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