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Best 2 Methods | How to Open PDF in Paint Easily

Vanessa Chiang updated on Jun 09, 2021 to PDF Knowledge Center

Suppose you have a PDF and you want to open it in MS Paint and add annotations to it. Do you know how to do that? It's a problem that MS Paint only supports image formats for editing and does not offer PDF editing. Today, this post will show you how to open PDF in Paint using 2 methods, and you will also know an easy way to annotate your PDFs easily. Let's move into the tutorial.

How to Open PDF in Paint by Taking Screenshot

Paint, the default program on your Windows PC, supports image formats like JPEG and GIF. But it doesn't allow you to import a PDF into it directly, so it becomes a hard task to open a PDF in Paint. 

When you need to draw some elements like lines, arrows, or shapes to your PDF to annotate it, you can take a screenshot of the PDF document and save the screenshot as the format compatible with Paint. Then, you can import the saved screenshot to Paint and freely draw on it using the tools it offers.

Follow this tutorial to open PDF and draw on it now.

Step 1. Open the screenshot toolbar by pressing "Windows" + "Shift" + "S" on your keyboard. Now drag your cursor over your PDF to take a screenshot. 

Step 2. You shall see a dialog box appears in the sidebar of your Windows. You can also go to your "Notification Centre", and you'll see a notification to notify you that the screenshot is saved to the clipboard.

snip and sketch pop up

Step 3. Launch Paint, and press "Ctrl" + "V" on your keyboard to import the saved screenshot into Paint.

Step 4. Now you get many drawing tools to help you annotate the screenshot of your PDF file.

paint tool

The con to this method of taking a screenshot is that it can't be conducted on a scale. So if you have a small PDF, this method works, but this method is extremely time-consuming if you have a larger PDF.

How to Open PDF in Paint by Converting

A faster and quicker method is to convert your whole PDF to one or more images and then edit them. The best software we would recommend for this task is EaseUS PDF Editor. It's the best PDF editor that contains conversion tools for converting your PDF to various file formats like JPG, PNG, DOC, PPT, etc.

As mentioned above, MS Paint supports image formats like JPG, PNG, and GIF, and this software can convert your PDFs to one of those formats. Taking PNG format as an example, you only need to open the PDF you want to convert with EaseUS PDF Editor and click on "Convert" > "To PNG". Then, the software will ask you to select the page range for the converting and choose the target folder. Finally, you can click on the "Save" button to start the conversion.

If you want to follow a tutorial to convert the PDF to PNG step by step, this post below will walk you through that.

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Convert PDF to PNG

Click on this post to know the detailed steps to convert PDF to PNG.

After the conversion, you can launch the Paint and click on "File" > "Open", then choose the PNG image you converted from the PDF. When the picture is opened in Paint, you can use the tools to draw on it freely.

How to Add Annotations to PDF with EaseUS PDF Editor

In the final analysis, those two methods above solve your problem about opening a PDF document and drawing on it. Why don't you add the annotations to your PDF directly using a powerful PDF editor?

EaseUS PDF Editor is a suitable program to get the work done on a Windows PC. This Windows PDF editor provides you with many types of tools to annotate a PDF. Lines, arrows, and shapes, all those elements are available in this PDF editor, and you can add them to PDF effortlessly. You can also add comments to the PDF to take note or share your ideas with people who you will send this PDF to.

Apart from that, it supports PDF encryption with passwords. It's both optional to protect it from being opened by others or make the PDF read-only so that you don't need to worry about the security of your PDF documents.

More Features:

  • Merge, split, or rotate PDF pages easily
  • Support PDF OCR free to edit text on a scanned PDF document
  • Add Footer and Header to PDF
  • Rearrange PDF pages and add a bookmark to it

With this great software, you can use many elements to annotate PDFs with only several clicks. If you are a novice at working with PDF documents, EaseUS PDF Editor will help you edit PDFs with many types of tools. Don't hesitate to click on this button to download it now.

Steps to Annotate PDF with Drawing Tools:

Step 1. Launch the program on your Windows. Navigate to the folder of the PDF you will draw on the pages, then confirm to open the selected file.

Import file

Step 2. On the top toolbar, click on Comment. The Comment column shows two sections. Click on Drawing Markups, it opens the horizontal section of shapes with the icons for each figure PDF Editor allows you to draw easily. There are straight lines, polylines, arrows, boxes, circles, and pentagons.

Drawing markup tool

Step 3. Click on the desired shape icon, then click on the PDF field on the position you would like to draw the figure. 

Draw arrow on PDF

Step 4. Congratulations! Just click Save as the final result in the folder of your choice.

Save files

Conclusion

That is all about how to open your PDFs in MS Paint and annotate on them. To save your time and efforts, we recommend EaseUS PDF Editor as the best choice to annotate a PDF, and you don't need to convert it to image format or take a screenshot. If the software is beneficial for you, don't forget to download it.

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