If you use MS Paint, Microsoft’s built-in paint and image editing program, you’ll want to know these handy keyboard shortcuts. If you use a program frequently or are working on a complicated project, keyboard shortcuts can end up saving you time. They are especially helpful for folks who have some issues using a mouse or touchpad.

The handiest and easiest keyboard trick is simply using the arrow keys to move a selection up, down, right or left. Then we move on to the keyboard combos.

Ready?  Let’s start with the commands using the Ctrl key, located to the lower left of your keyboard. To use, press Ctrl and then the key that is listed after it.

Ctrl + A Select entire canvas
Ctrl + B Bold selected text
Ctrl + C Copy selected area
Ctrl + E Shows image properties
Ctrl + G Toggles grid lines
Ctrl + I Make selected text italics
Ctrl + N Create a new picture
Ctrl + Num Pad – Scale down tool or shape
Ctrl + Num Pad + Scale up and tool or shape
Ctrl + O Open a picture
Ctrl + P Print the picture
Ctrl + Page Down Zoom out
Ctrl + Page Up Zoom in
Ctrl + R Show or hide the ruler
Ctrl + S Save changes to a picture
Ctrl + U Underline selected text
Ctrl + V Paste clipboard data
Ctrl + W Open the Resize and Skew dialog box
Ctrl + X Cut selected area
Ctrl + Y Redo action
Ctrl + Z Undo last action

Here are the shortcuts for the Alt key. That’s normally found to the left and right of your spacebar.

Alt-Esc Minimizes MS Paint interface
Alt-F Opens the File menu
Alt-F4 Close the window
Alt-H Shows key help/ Switch to Home tab
Alt-Spacebar Equivalent to right-clicking on the title bar
Alt-V Switch to View tab