I'm using MS Paint on WinXP at work, for capturing simple screenshots.
Problem: MS Paint always wants to save in BMP format.
How can I set PNG to be Paint's default file-saving format?

Note: Suggestions about other software are irrelevant. I know there are many other software tools available. But I'm asking specifically about MS Paint.

  • Doesn't really help you if you are on XP, but Paint on Vista and 7 both use PNG as the default save format.
    – Nick
    Feb 21, 2011 at 17:38

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I'm afraid this is not possible, based on this answer to a related question. It would be good if someone can confirm this.

  • see other related questions. it is possible doing a shortcut with a blank image in format you want as parameter.
    – kokbira
    May 18, 2011 at 11:48

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