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Is it possible to make a selection in Microsoft Paint larger than the current screen resolution?

Working with full screen screenshots (including across multiple screens) is not easy in Microsoft Paint as there appears to be no way to extend a selection or making it larger than the current view while making it.

Doing menu Edit / Select All (Ctrl + A) will make the selection cover the entire image / picture, but I need to make smaller selections than that.

Platform: Windows XP SP3

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I can't say "No" conclusively, but No. Can you download Paint.NET or GIMP? –  Amicable Apr 17 '12 at 8:35

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While selecting an area by holding down the left mouse button and dragging, you can use your mouse scroll wheel to scroll up and down the image. This allows using a selection larger than the screen resolution in the vertical direction.

However, you cannot scroll left to right and would probably need to zoom in/out for this.

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That actually works! It is the vertical direction that really matters, so this solves the problem. –  Peter Mortensen Jul 29 at 13:20
I have tried to make it clearer (I first read it as a need to hold down the left shift key, not the mouse left button). Feel free to revert or provide a different version. –  Peter Mortensen Jul 29 at 13:26

In my experience, not directly. However, there's still the workaround of saving a copy of the image and cropping the copy to the size you want, then Ctrl + A , Ctrl + C, Alt + Tab, and Ctrl + V. ;-)

Fwiw, newer versions of Paint include the option of zooming out, which should help in your case, but I don't know if I should recommend you to upgrade. Give it a try anyway, if you can, and decide for yourself.

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Zoom out with the mouse scroll wheel to a lower percent/ slider at the bottom. Then apply the crop area.

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Do you really expect the Windows XP version to have that feature? –  C.B. Sep 6 '13 at 0:01
Confirming if XP does or does not have the feature would have been a more useful comment. –  FridayChils Sep 6 '13 at 17:21

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