How to Switch a Word Document to Paint

By Robert Kingsley

A well-written passage can conjure images and convey emotions just as well, if not better, than a painting, so you may want to add text to a work of art or even a simple image you've created using Microsoft's Paint application. By taking the text of a Word document and moving it into Paint, you can combine artful eloquence with a digital painting to create art for the eye as well as the mind.

Step 1

Double-click a Word document to open it up.

Step 2

Click "Start" from the Windows desktop and type "Paint" in the search bar. Click "Paint" from the list of results to launch Microsoft Paint.

Step 3

Prepare the Paint file before copying in the text, as you will need to format the text as soon as you paste it in. Add any colors, shapes or images, and arrange them the way you like.

Step 4

Hold "Alt" and press "Tab" to select the Word document. You may have to press "Tab" multiple times if you have more than just Paint and Word open on your computer.

Step 5

Select all of the text that you want to switch to the Paint document by highlighting it with your cursor. Click "Edit" and click "Select All" to highlight the entire document. Hold "Ctrl" and click "C" to copy the text to your clipboard.

Step 6

Hold "Alt" and press "Tab" to select Paint once again. Click the "A" from the Tools section of the Home tab to enter text insertion mode. Click the document where you would like to add text to create a text box. Hold "Ctrl" and press "V" to paste your text into the box.

Step 7

Click the resulting text box to hold the text and drag it to move it around. Highlight the text you've pasted and use the Font tools from the Text tab that opened up when you clicked the "A." You can change the font style, size, color and attributes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Reverse this process by bringing Paint images into a Word document. Click "Insert," select "Picture" and click "From File" to select the image you want to add.
  • Be sure to edit the text to the way you like before deselecting the text box. The text cannot be easily altered afterwards.