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Microsoft Paint is an inexpensive painting program that can be used to teach students the basics of painting software. Many sophisticated graphics software applications (such as Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop) use the same basic principles that can be learned using MS Paint.

Using any painting program involves learning how to use the menu bar and the tool bar. MS Paint also includes a color palette that allows the user to choose both foreground and background colors with which to work.

MS Paint also includes a great Help system that will have you mastering your virtual brush-strokes in minutes. This compendium of information was produced from screenshots of many of the MS Paint Help Files.

These pages are meant to be a visual catalog of the MS Paint tools and their function.  While incomplete, it allows you to click on the words and symbols shown on the image at left to find out how to use MS Paint.