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Useful Shortcut Keys In Paint.NET

written by: lonemer7•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 2/18/2009

A list of shortcut keys organized in categories so that it is easier for you to remember them.

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    Using the keyboard shortcuts instead of the mouse can save you time and make your work a lot easier and smoother. Here is a list of shortcut keys in Paint.NET that you might find useful.

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    Managing Your Image Files

    • Ctrl + O – Open
    • Ctrl + N – New
    • Ctrl + W – Close
    • Ctrl + S – Save
    • Ctrl + Shift + S – Save As
    • Ctrl + P - Print
    • Alt + F4 – Exit the application
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    Basic Editing

    • Ctrl + Z – Undo
    • Ctrl + Y – Redo
    • Ctrl + X – Cut
    • Ctrl + C – Copy
    • Ctrl + V – Paste
    • Ctrl + Shift + V – Paste As New Layer
    • Ctrl + Alt + V – Paste As New Image
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    Working with selections

    • Delete – Erase Selection
    • Backspace – Fill Selection
    • Ctrl + I – Invert Selection
    • Ctrl + A – Select All
    • Ctrl + D – Deselect
    • Ctrl + Shift + X – Crop to selection
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    Changing the dimensions

    • Ctrl + R – Resize
    • Ctrl + Shift + R – Canvas Size
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    Rotating an image

    • Ctrl + G – Rotate clockwise by 90°
    • Ctrl + H – Rotate counter-clockwise by 90°
    • Ctrl + J – Rotate by 180°
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    Zooming an image

    • Ctrl + Plus Sign (+) - Zoom In
    • Ctrl + Minus Sign (-) – Zoom Out
    • Ctrl + Shift + A – Actual Size
    • Ctrl + B – Zoom to Window
    • Ctrl + Shift + B – Zoom to Selection
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    Working with Layers

    • Ctrl + Shift + N – Add New Layer
    • Ctrl + Shift + D – Duplicate Layer
    • Ctrl + Shift + Delete – Delete Layer
    • Ctrl + M – Merge Layer Down
    • Ctrl + Shift + F – Flatten
    • Ctrl + Shift + Z – Rotate/Zoom
    • F4 – Layer Properties
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    Color Adjustments

    • Ctrl + Shift + L – Auto-Level
    • Ctrl + L – Levels
    • Ctrl + Shift + C – Brightness / Contrast
    • Ctrl + Shift + U – Hue / Saturation
    • Ctrl + Shift + G – Convert to black and white
    • Ctrl + Shift + E – Convert to sepia
    • Ctrl + Shift + I – Invert Colors
    • Ctrl + Shift + M – Curves
    • Ctrl + Shift + P – Posterize
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    Show / Hide Windows

    • F5 – Toggle Tools window
    • F6 – Toggle History window
    • F7 – Toggle Layers window
    • F8 – Toggle Colors window
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    Image List and Navigation

    • Ctrl + Q – Show Image List
    • Ctrl + Tab – Next Tab
    • Ctrl + Shift + Tab – Previous Tab
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    Effects

    • Ctrl + F – Repeat the last effect
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    Help

    • F1 – Help Topics
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    Tools

    When the same letter is assigned to more than one tool, press it multiple times to cycle through.

    • S Selection Tools (Rectangle Select, Lasso Select, Ellipse Select, Magic Wand)
    • MMoving Tools (Move Selected Pixels, Move Selection)
    • ZZoom
    • H – Pan (Hand)
    • B – Paint Brush
    • PPencil
    • EEraser
    • F – Paint Bucket (Fill)
    • GGradient
    • K – Color Picker
    • L – Clone Stamp
    • RRecolor
    • TText
    • OObjects (Line / Curve, Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Freeform Shape)