How do I open Microsoft Paint?

Updated: 12/20/2017 by Computer Hope

Microsoft Paint logoOpening Microsoft Paint is a fairly straightforward process, but it does vary depending on your version of Windows. To proceed, locate your version in the section below and follow the instructions.

Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10

  1. Press the Windows key.
  2. In the Search text box, type Paint.
  3. In the list of search results, click the Paint program.

Windows XP and older versions

  1. Click the Start button in the lower left-hand corner of the Desktop.
  2. In the Start menu, click All Programs, then Accessories, then click the Paint program.

How can I open Microsoft Paint on a Mac?

Microsoft Paint is only included with Microsoft Windows and is not available for the Apple Mac. If you're wanting to edit pictures on a Mac you'll need to use an image editor that is compatible with MacOS.

Note: If you've installed Bootcamp and Microsoft Windows on your computer you can follow the same steps above to open Microsoft Paint.