How to Add “Edit with Paint” Context Menu in Windows 11

Windows 11 comes with the modern Paint app that doesn’t add the “Edit” context menu item for images. Note that Windows 10 includes the “Edit” right-click menu option by default, which launches the classic Paint app. In this article, we’ll see how to add the “Edit” option to the right-click menu for image file types in Windows 11.

“Edit with Paint” Context Menu in Windows 11

To add the “Edit with Paint” option for image file types, follow these steps:

  1. Download add-edit-with-paint-windows-11.zip
  2. Unzip the archive and run add-edit-with-paint-windows-11.reg.

You should now see the “Edit with Paint” context menu option for .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .jfif, .png, .tif, .tiff, and other image file types.

"Edit with Paint" option in Windows 11



INFO: Contents of the registry file

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell\Edit]
"AppUserModelID"="Microsoft.Paint_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App"
"PackageRelativeExecutable"="PaintApp\\mspaint.exe"
"DesktopAppXActivateOptions"=dword:00000020
"Parameters"="\"%1\""
"ContractId"="Windows.File"
"DesiredInitialViewState"=dword:00000000
@="Edit with Paint"
"PackageId"="Microsoft.Paint_11.2206.6.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe"
"Default.orig"="@{Microsoft.Paint_11.2206.6.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe?ms-resource://Microsoft.Paint/Resources/ShellContextMenuEdit}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell\Edit\command]
"DelegateExecute"="{BFEC0C93-0B7D-4F2C-B09C-AFFFC4BDAE78}"
@="\"C:\\Program Files\\WindowsApps\\Microsoft.Paint_11.2206.6.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\\PaintApp\\mspaint.exe\" \"%1\""

Note: The above registry fix applies only if you use modern Paint. For classic Paint, you don’t need the above registry values, and also, the mspaint.exe path would be different.

I hope that info helps!


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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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