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When i draw lines with windows 7 paint it gives me little squares at the edges that i can move the lines with. This is annoying because when drawing lots of lines that are connected to each other i have to select another tool and then the line again to draw a line that start on one of the ends of the existing line.

Is there any way to turn this off?

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Drawing lots of lines that are connected is usually something that calls for the polyline tool instead of multiple individual lines:

Polygon tool in Windows 7's Paint

Otherwise you can install Paint.NET where you get those handles too, but you can commit the drawn line with the Return key.

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When i draw lines with windows 7 paint it gives me little squares at the edges that i can move the lines with.

I know exactly what you mean and i don't know how to turn off this annoyance.

If you're looking for a fast, leight-weight alternative, that is running circles around MS Paint, have a look at PhotoFiltre (feature-packed and certainly no "little squares at the edges" :)

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PhotoFiltre is freeware, a portable version is available (doesn't require installation).

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So annoying, especially since MS hasnt finished the line tool instructions on this in the help file. But I found if you move mouse pointer further away from the line, the cursor changes from a move indicator to a cross hair, and if you click anywhere while it is a cross hair, then it finishes the line. WHile the line still has selector squares on the ends, you can still move either end point, or even move the whole line. Have a play. MS has just dropped the ball in the help, and consequently creating more angry people. Millions of them no doubt.

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