MSPAINT default saving file format

Posted: 01-22-2009, 10:54 AM
Hello,

I use MSPAINT on Vista quite a lot for saving captured screenshots. The
problem I have is the default file extension .JPG that is always selected in
the save,save as,copy to dialog boxes. Even if I save as my favourite BMP
24bit (magazine printing requires better quality), the next time I save
something again, the default is .JPG.

So the question is:
how do I change the default file extension when saving a file in MSPAINT? I
would like to set it to be BMP 24bit.

many thanks.

ondra.

MSPAINT default saving file format


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Re: MSPAINT default saving file format
Posted: 01-22-2009, 11:34 AM
There's no easy way to do this, but the following might work (found it
on the net):

1. Open a blank screen in Paint and save it as a .bmp in the location
you want as your default with the name "default.bmp".
2. Right click and drag the Paint program from the Start, Programs,
Accessories location onto the desktop and select copy here.
3. Right click on the Paint icon and then left click Properties. You
should see a line like this "%SystemRoot%
\system32\mspaint.exe" (without the quotes.)
4. Place the cursor after the .exe and type a space.
5. Type the full path and filename for the default.bmp file you saved
(if there is any spaces in the path you need to enclose anything you
type in quotes. The final line should look like this

%SystemRoot%\system32\mspaint.exe "C:\this is the path here
\default.bmp"

6.click OK.

Double click on the new desktop icon, the file will open and the Save
As default location will be where the file is located. If you make the
default.bmp read only, you won't inadvertently change the file and a
Save As will then pop up for any attempt to Save.
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