Paint v5.1 (Windows XP) had a fantastic feature to allow you to paste an image with a transparent background (see images below, note that "Paste" section that appears below the tools on the left).

Image pasted with non-transparent background

Same image but this time with transparent background

Paint v6.3 (Windows 8.1) has some new features but apparently not the ability to paste an image with a transparent background. Has this feature been dropped? Is it a hidden option or is there a more recent version of Microsoft Paint that has this feature?

  • But in Windows 10, the transparent text can be added.
    – Biswapriyo
    Jul 22, 2017 at 20:09

2 Answers 2


My Windows 10 installation is running Version 1703 (OS Build 15063.483).

It has the ability to set transparency on a text box or a selection, based on the second color chosen.

Transparent selection

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    That's it! They've moved the "Not-transparent / Transparent" icon into a menu option under the Selection box as your image shows. Brilliant, thanks.
    – AlainD
    Jul 23, 2017 at 12:10

just a short addendum. the transparent selection does work on current image only not between multiple images. if you want to add some extra to your image (but don't want to buy advanced software) you are still able to do a tiny hack:

  1. remember your image's original width
  2. resize/extend your image for example to the right
  3. draw or copy-paste whatever you want in this white area
  4. do a transparent selection on it
  5. drag the selection to the left, onto the original image
  6. reset your the image's original width

see mspaint screenshots here

  • Yes, that's exactly the technique I tend to use anyway. Good tip for others.
    – AlainD
    Dec 14, 2019 at 22:36

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