How to Move and Copy Pictures in Microsoft Paint

By Chris Miksen

Whenever you paste an image or draw an image in Microsoft Paint, you may accidentally place the image in the wrong place, or you may want to copy the image to another location. Fortunately, you can do so by using the selection tool. The selection tool essentially allows you to draw a box around the object you want to move or edit. You can then move that box to another part of the Paint document or even copy the image to another program entirely.

Step 1

Click the "Select" tool in Microsoft Paint. The tool is located at the top of the screen and is identified by a rectangular symbol.

Step 2

Press and hold down the left mouse button. Drag your mouse to expand the selection area. Move over the entire image. The border of the selection area must encompass the entire image.

Step 3

Release your mouse. The selection box will turn blue. Press and hold down the left mouse button inside the selection box and move your picture to relocate the image. If you wish to copy the image, right-click inside the selection box and click "Copy." You can then paste the image to another paint document or in another program.

Tips & Warnings

  • By default, the selection tool is in the shape of a rectangle. If you have a picture that the rectangle selection tool cannot encompass, click the arrow under "Select" and choose "Free-form."