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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Secret registry settings in Paint: Snap to grid

Did you know that Paint has a secret feature that lets you snap to an invisible grid? This has nothing to do with the grid that you can display when zoomed in. The only downside, however, is that it involves editing the Registry, and therefore only takes effect when Paint is loaded. (You can always, of course, save your picture and reload it when you want to change grid settings.) For your convenience, I have put together 10 regfiles, as follows:
  • OFF: Disables snapping to the grid. (Default setting.)
  • ON: Enables snapping to the grid.
  • 1-128: Sets the grid size to whichever number is chosen.
The registry values are in this key: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\View
SnapToGrid is the value you change (DWORD, 0 or 1) to turn the grid on or off. GridExtent (DWORD) is the value you change to set the grid size. It does not need to be a power of two, although all the regfiles I provided are. If you find yourself using a certain number a lot, but it isn't a power of two, you can make your own regfile for it.

I hope you find this useful!