I'm using the Paint app on my Windows 8 system to save screenshots as I did not bother yet to install a different application - both screenshot tool and image editor - on the operating system. It has been quite bothersome for some time now that Paint uses the png image format as the default save format for newly created images. While it certainly has its strengths, I prefer to save the majority of screenshots as jpg images because the size of the resulting image file is usually lower than the png version.
The problem here is that Microsoft Paint does not provide you with options to change the default file format for newly created images. Whenever you create a new file, you always see the png option first when you select the save option or use the Ctrl-S keyboard shortcut. While you can click on File > Save As > Jpeg every time you save a newly created file, it is not really the fastest of options. I'd like to introduce two alternatives that may help you out.
The first adds a save as jpeg option to the image editor's quick access toolbar. Here is what you need to do to add it to the bar:
You will notice a new icon in the top left corner of the screen that you can click on at any time to save the current image as a jpg image.
While that is better than having to go through the File > Save As menu, it is still not as fast as simply hitting Ctrl-S to save the file.
A decade old trick exists to force Paint to use a different image format. Here is what you need to do:
Paint from this moment on will always load the default image on start. You can now use the Ctrl-S shortcut to save a new file as jpg - or any other file format that you have selected instead. The file needs to be read only so that you do not overwrite it. Since it is read only, hitting Ctrl-S will open the save dialog but this time with .jpg selected as the save type.
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