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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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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

You can scroll using your mouse while holding down left-click to scroll up and down the image. However, you cannot scroll left to right and would probably need to zoom in/out for this.

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