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How can I make Windows Paint save by default as JPEG format?

How can I make Windows Paint save by default as JPEG format?

"Every time I want to save an image I've pasted into the Paint application,
it chooses a BMP/DIB format (which is the worst for saving things from the clipboard)."

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Guest [Entry]

"Here's a workaround hack that will open up a blank JPEG image and leave Paint offering JPEG as the default Save As... filetype when you want to save:

Save a blank JPEG image, something like, blank.jpg on your computer somewhere
Go to the actual file and lock it as read-only
Right-click the Paint program from the Programs menu to bring up the Accessories menu
In the Shortcut tab you'll see the Target field with a value something like:

%SystemRoot%\system32\mspaint.exe

After that, put the file location and name of your blank jpg so it will read like:

%SystemRoot%\system32\mspaint.exe ""C:\path to\blank.jpg""

Next time you fire up Paint, it will display that blank JPEG image. You can then do what you need. Save As... will now default to file type JPEG.

This works at least on Windows XP - I don't know if there's a simpler method for Windows Vista or Windows 7."