How to Edit Text in Paint

By Aaron Parson

Paint doesn't let you re-select an old text box to edit it, so here's how to delete unwanted text and replace it.

Paint for Windows 7 and 8 includes a basic text placement tool, but it only lets you edit text that you just placed. The moment you close a text box in Paint, the text flattens, becoming part of the picture. Unlike more advanced photo editors, Paint does not support layers, so to edit existing text, you'll have to delete it and retype it.

Place and Edit a Text Box

Select the Text tool and click to place a text box. As long as the text box is open, you're free to edit the text. In addition to typing or deleting text, use the settings on the menu bar to edit the text's formatting, such as font, size and color.

Edit Existing Text

Once you close the text box, you can't open it again for editing. The same holds true for text that's part of an image, such as a speech bubble in a comic. Your best option in Paint: delete unwanted text and replace it.


  • If you just placed the text and want to undo a mistake, press Ctrl-Z to remove the erroneous text box.
  • When deleting text on a colored background, select the Color Picker (the eyedropper icon) and right-click the background color before starting.

Step 1

Selection tools.

Click Select to pick the selection tool. To help select text in tight spaces, open the Select drop-down menu and choose Free-Form Selection.

Step 2

Selecting text.

Drag to draw an outline around the text you want to remove, and then press Del.


Work in tight spaces more easily by zooming in using the slider in the lower-right corner of the program.

Step 3

Add replacement text.

Choose the Text tool and click to place a new text box. Write your next text and drag the text box by its border to position it precisely. Click outside of the text box to finish.


This method works well on single-color backgrounds, but not on colorful backgrounds, such as when text appears atop a photo. Paint does not have a clone tool, which helps repair images after deleting text. To edit text in such a case, you'll need a more powerful photo editor such as Photoshop, GIMP or Paint.NET.