How to Open Paint and Paint 3D in Windows 11 (and More)

In this post, you’ll see:

Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s start.

How to Open Paint 3D and Create a Shortcut for it

Method #1

Click the Start button, hit the All apps button beneath the search box, and in the “P” section, click “Paint 3D.”

Method #2

You can launch windows 11 Paint 3D with the ms-paint: command. Let’s see which programs support these commands.

  • Task Manager (you need to click on “File” and then press “Run new task” to use the command)
  • File Explorer address bar

Using the command start ms-paint: in the Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell is another way to start Paint 3D.

Method #3

Click on the Start button and type Paint 3D. You’ll now see the Paint 3D app and click on it.

How to Create Paint 3D Shortcut in Windows 11

Here are the steps to add a Paint 3D shortcut to your Windows 11 desktop or “File Explorer“:

  1. Right-click on the blank area of the “File Explorer” or desktop.
  2. Move the mouse over “New.”
  3. Click “Shortcut” under “Folder.”
  4. When the pop-up box appears, type ms-paint: and select Next.
  5. Enter the shortcut name if you dislike the one suggested.
  6. Click the “Finish” button.

Paint 3D Shortcuts

You’ll find here Windows 11 Paint 3D shortcut keys and their action.

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Page Up or Ctrl + Page UpZoom in.
Page Down or Ctrl + Page DownZoom out.
Ctrl + 0Reset zoom.
Ctrl + –Decrease brush size.
Ctrl + +Increase brush size.
Ctrl + ZUndo.
Ctrl + YRedo.
F12Save the image as a new file.
Ctrl + Shift + SSave as.
Alt + F4Close Paint 3D.
Ctrl + NTo create a new picture or file.
Ctrl + OTo open an image or file.
Ctrl + STo save.
Ctrl + XTo cut the selected item.
Ctrl + CTo copy the selected item.
Ctrl + Shift + CTo take a screenshot.
Ctrl + ETo show the properties of the canvas.
Ctrl + Shift + X2D crop.
Ctrl + WSelect the canvas.
Ctrl + Shift + WHide or show the canvas.
Ctrl + VTo paste.
Ctrl + UTo underline the selected item.
Ctrl + ITo italicize the selected item.
Ctrl + BTo bold the selected item.
Ctrl + ATo select all the 3D items in your workspace. Use this key combination twice to select all 2D items in the workspace.
Ctrl + 3Switch views.
Alt + UpPan up.
Alt + DownPan down.
Alt + LeftPan left.
Alt + RightPan right.
Ctrl + Shift + EShow or hide the 3D perspective.
Ctrl + PTo print in 2D.
RightMove the active shape or selection to the right side by one pixel.
LeftMove the active shape or selection to the left side by one pixel.
UpMove the active shape or selection upwards by one pixel.
DownMove the active shape or selection downwards by one pixel.

How to Open Paint and Create a Shortcut for it

Method #1

Click the “Start” button or press the Windows key. Hit the All apps button beneath the search box. Select “Paint” in the P section.

Method #2

You can launch Paint with the mspaint or pbrush command in Windows 11. You can use this command in the following programs:

  • Run Command
  • File Explorer address bar
  • Command Prompt

Method #3

Open the Start menu and type “paint” (without double quotes). The “Paint” app should appear in your search results, and click on it.

Note: Alternatively, you can also find the Paint in the Pinned section of the Start menu and click on it.

How to Create Paint Shortcut in Windows 11

Here are the steps to add a Paint shortcut to your Windows 11 desktop or “File Explorer”:

  1. Right-click on the blank area of the “File Explorer” or desktop.
  2. Move the mouse over “New.”
  3. Click “Shortcut” under “Folder.”
  4. When the pop-up box appears, type mspaint and select Next.
  5. Enter the shortcut name if you dislike the one suggested.
  6. Click the “Finish” button.

Paint Shortcuts

Below are the Paint shortcut keys and their action.

ShortcutAction
Ctrl + ASelect total canvas.
Ctrl + XCut the selected area.
Ctrl + CCopy the selected area.
Ctrl + VPaste the content of the clipboard.
Ctrl + YTo redo.
Ctrl + ZUndo.
Ctrl + EOpen the Image Properties popup.
Ctrl + GEnable or disable gridlines.
Ctrl + PTo print.
Ctrl + REnable or disable the rulers.
Ctrl + OOpen the image.
Ctrl + SSave.
Ctrl + NCreate a new image.
Ctrl + BMake the selected text bold.
Ctrl + IMake the selected text italics.
Ctrl + UMake the selected text underlined.
F12Save the file as a new file.
Ctrl + WOpen Resize and Skew popup.
Alt + EscMinimize the Paint window.
Alt + F4Close the Paint window.

Notes:

  • By dragging a selection while pressing the Ctrl key, you’ll get a copy.
  • The Escape key cancels the selection and the Delete key deletes the selection.
  • The selected one can be moved upward, downward, left, and right, respectively, with the left, right, up, and down arrows.
  • By default, the Paint app shows the status bar. If you want to hide it, then hit the View menu at the top and then hit the Status bar. Remember that doing the same will enable it.
  • If you want full screen, then hit View at the top and then click on “Full screen.”
  • The Recent on the File menu shows the recent files that you’ve opened with Paint.

How to Reset and Uninstall Paint and Paint 3D in Windows 11

Here are the steps to uninstall and reset Paint 3D and Paint:

  1. Open Settings app by pressing Windows + I.
  2. Hit the Apps on the left sidebar and then hit Installed apps on the right.
  3. Hit the three vertical dots beside the one you want (Paint or Paint 3D).
  4. Select Advanced options.
  5. To uninstall, follow these steps further: hit the Uninstall button. In the popup, hit the Uninstall button. That’s all.
  6. To reset, follow these steps further: hit the Reset button. In the popup, hit the Reset button. That’s it.