Microsoft Paint Alternatives

ms paint alternatives

Microsoft Paint has existed for 32 years and recently it was rumored that it will be killed in the next Windows update. Windows denied those rumors and it turned out MS Paint will still be available but moved to Windows store. There won’t be new versions for sure, at least not in the near future. Since existence of MS Paint was put in question, it is better you get familiar with its alternatives.

Here is a list of free MS Paint alternatives:

Gimp is an open source software that can be used on Windows, Linux, Mac (10.6 and newer) and it other less known operating systems. It supports different file formats such as tiff, jpeg, gif, png, psd, bpm and others. Gimp is perfect solution for photo retouching, cloning objects, enhancing the quality of the photo.

Photoscape is an easy tool for photo editing and enhancing. The tool can remove red eyes, crop, filter or add objects or text, resize the photo or adjust colors. It even has a possibility to merge multiple photos in one or to create an animated gif from multiple photos. What is interesting, the tool has an option to find a similar face online, by using the existing photo.

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MyPaint doesn’t look so attractive when you visit their website, but the tool itself is functional. It works on both Linux and Windows. The tool has three main settings categories, painting tools, brushes and the paint mode which you can change. For the start you can choose what kind of painting tool you want to use, such as ellipses and circles, connected lines, inking or freehand. Then you choose the brush and the paint mode

Krita is another tool that you can use for editing images. It has a very easy interface and you can even customize the side working panels, by choosing the features you use the most. Krita has a brush stabilizer that is especially convenient for users with shaky hands. It also has pop-up palette which makes choosing colors and brushes very easy.

Pinta makes your painting even easier- it has over 35 available adjustments and effects that will make your images look just the way you need. Pinta works in a way it offers multiple layers in order to group elements of the image for easier editing.

These are some of the most used Paint alternatives, have you tried any? Shoot in the comments what is your favourite painting tool and for what purpose do you use it.

How to Extract Pages from PDF

When dealing with large PDF files, it may be hard to analyze data carefully and to scroll pages back and forth. Since you probably don’t need the data from the whole document at once, you can extract pages from your document and thus have two or more separate smaller documents. In that way, it will become easier to manipulate the data and make analysis. So here is a detailed guide on how to extract pages from PDF files and get a PDF of a smaller size.

When Do You need to Extract Pages from PDF?

Before we explain to you how to extract pages from PDF files, check out some situations when you will need to know this trick:

  • When you don’t have too much space on your computer and you don’t need the whole document, extract only the pages you need and delete the rest.
  • When you want to share the document with your colleagues or coworkers but it is too big to send it via Skype or email. Extracting only necessary pages will solve the problem.
  • When the file is too big to go through and analyze data.

How to Start?

Firsthand, download PDF Converter Elite on your Windows. It works with all versions of Windows, 32-bit or 64-bit edition. Start the program and click on the Open button to select a PDF file you want to split.

Then click on the Edit button and on the right side of the screen you will see the editing sidebar as presented on the image below.

how to extract pages from pdf

What to do next?

In the Pages section, choose Split PDF File option and when a small windows pops up define the first and the last page number.

split pdf file

Click the Split button and all pages of a document between those two numbers will be extracted. You will be automatically asked to save the extracted pages of a PDF. Before clicking on the Save button you can choose a location where you will save your file.

If you to extract a document in more than 2 different pieces, you can repeat the whole process.

Pages Are Extracted from PDF

That’s pretty much it. In a few straightforward steps you can extract pages from PDF and have less difficulties in document analysis. This PDF tip is perfect for data analysts, but also for students and teachers who don’t need all materials from the PDF book and other professions that involve working with large documents.

When you extract pages from PDF, you get two or more different documents and each document will be of less size and volume. Not only will it be easier for data processing but much easier for sending files to other people via email or Skype. Do you know some other situations when this trick may come in handy? If so, share with us in comments.

Three Ways to Save PDF As JPEG

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Being cross-platform files as they are, both PDF and JPEG are very popular. They can be open on any computer, no matter what operating system in question. It is highly recommended to use PDF files, when you deal with text documents or documents with vector images. Otherwise, you can use JPEG format. JPEG files take less space comparing to other image formats, but their quality suffers as well. Anyway, JPEG files are good to use then you need to upload images to a website or when you deal with non-textual documents. If you want to extract an image from your PDF and use it elsewhere, just save PDF as JPEG and edit JPEG file with any image editor.

 

How can I convert PDF to JPEG

Here we will present three different ways to convert PDF to JPEG, for every situation. When you at home, you can use your desktop computer and the program PDF Converter Elite to convert a PDF to JPEG, when you are on a business trip with your laptop and you don’t have the required program installed on it, you can use online tool and lastly, use mobile app when you are on the go and need urgently to convert a PDF.

 

  1. Desktop: For this first way to save PDF as JPEG, you will need to download PDF Converter Elite. Once you’ve installed PCE on your desktop computer, run the program and click the Open file to locate a PDF. The next step is to click on Image button and from the right side panel, choose one of three selection options. You can select the area, the whole file or specific pages only. In the mage format section, choose .jpg as the Output file. Finally, click the Convert button.

Advantage: there is a set of options you can adjust, such as image dimension, scale and image quality. You don’t need to have internet connection.

Disadvantage: if you are far away from your computer, you won’t have access to this program.

  1. Online: Tools that don’t require any installation are very convenient, especially for simpler files and conversions. If you don’t have too much space on your computer, to download a desktop program or you take a lightweight laptop with you on a business trip, this online PDF to JPEG solution will come in handy.

 

Advantage: You don’t need to have a program installed on your machine. You can use it on any computer.

Disadvantage: You don’t have an option to set up the image quality, size and scale. You need internet connection.

 

  1. Mobile: If you prefer mobile apps and if you enjoy using your mobile phone for business-like activities, try PDF to JPG app that has pretty much the same functionality as previous two solutions.

 

Advantage: It’s pretty remotely, you can use it anywhere as long as you bring a phone with you.

Disadvantage: You need to have internet and if your phone is out of memory you won’t be able to install the app.

As you can see, all these options have some advantages and disadvantages. Lastly, it’s up to you what solution you will choose, depending on the gadgets you possess and the situation you are in.

How to Convert OXPS to PDF

convert oxps to pdf

Converting files from one format to another is nowadays very easy task to do because of PDF conversion tools. However, there are some file formats that are harder to convert to another format or simply users are less familiar with those types of conversions. It is safe to say that .oxps to PDF conversion is on that list. One cannot convert oxps to PDF with every regular PDF converter and the same goes for xps to PDF conversion.

 

What is an Oxps file extension?

Oxps file is actually xps file format, that is created on Windows 8. OXPS stands for Open XML Paper Specification format. You can create .oxps file with almost any Windows application. However, you can view .oxps files only with Microsoft XPS viewer.

What kind of file is Oxps?

Xps and oxps are very similar to PDF because content can be preserved and the layout is fixed. You can sign oxps files and you can search through them. You can also zoom in and out the file. Unlike PDF, oxps file are not so popular and used. Maybe that’s why it is hard to find tools that will easily manipulate this type of file.

How do you print to PDF?

Since PDF files are more convenient for usage than xps files in general, you will probably need to print oxps or xps files to PDF. When you create a PDF file, you will be able to edit it further or to convert it to multiple other formats.

In order to convert oxps to PDF you need to download PDF Converter Elite on your computer. Once you download the program, PDF Converter Elite virtual dispatcher will also be downloaded on your computer. You will use it to print oxps or xps file to PDF.

First start XPS viewer and click on the File menu and then Open. Locate xps or oxps file you want to print to PDF and click on Open again. Again, click on the same File menu and this time Print button will be available. Print window will show up when you click on the Print button and there you will see PDF Converter Elite print dispatcher.

Select PDF Converter Elite print dispatch and click the Print button to convert oxps to PDF. With PDF file you will be able to extract or edit data more easily.

 

How to Split Cells in Excel

When working with Excel, you may encounter many difficulties that will slow down your work. Luckily, there are many Excel tips available online and you can find them and use them very easily. Whereas solutions to common Excel problems can be found quickly, solutions to those less common Excel problems are harder to find. One such difficulty you may experience while working with tabular data is to split cells in Excel. Oftentimes wrong data is placed together in one cell and you need to make more cells in order to split that data.

Unfortunately, there is no such option in Excel that can divide one cell into multiple smaller cells but still, there is a way to split cells in Excel. If you follow the steps below you will be able to divide content and place it in separate cells.

Firstly, select the cells you want to split. By clicking on the Data menu, a toolbar like this one shown on the image below will appear.

split cells in excel

In the Data Tools tab, click on Text to Columns and then on Delimited option. When you click on Text to Columns, a window will show up asking you to choose between Delimited and Fixed Width.

split cells

Then click Next and another set of options will appear.

At the top of the window you will see a set of delimiters options, and you should tick one delimiter  that is the most suitable. You can choose more than one delimer and in that case, tick the box Treat consecutive delimiters as one. The data preview panel shows how the data will look like when it is split in multiple cells.

cells in excel

When you click Next button one more time, you will be able to format column data, by setting up the options in Column data format area.

split cells

When you are done with formatting just click the Finish button.

Additional notes:

If you are working with big data it is required to make a copy of the spreadsheet first and then to split cells in Excel.

If you are asked to replace the content of destination cells, cancel that operation, select different delimiter and modify data in the original column.

No matter how often do you work with Excel, learning new Excel skills can only help you with data analysis and other data manipulation tasks.

 

 

 

 

How to Add Page Numbers in Word

Many Microsoft Word users don’t know how to add page numbers in Word. Even if they knew how to insert numbers, the problem arises when a document would have the introduction or a table of contents. That first introductory part of the document shouldn’t include numbers which means that a user must skip a couple of pages at the beginning. Since Word has automatic number labeling, a user must set up page numbering manually.

The following guide applies to Word 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007. First, we will show you how to add page numbers in Word and then we will share with you some advanced techniques.

 

Guide 1: How to Add Page Numbers in Word

 

First, open the exact page in the document from where you want to start page numbering. Then click on Insert menu and then on Page Number option in the Header & Footer tab.

insert page number in word

You can have a closer look at the Page Number option, on the image below.

how to add page numbers in word

 

You can add page numbers at the top or bottom of the page, page margins or from the current position. For instance, if you click on Top of Page, a wide range of numbering styles will appear and you need to choose from one of these.

 

Guide 2: Add Page Numbers in Header or Footer

 

If the header or footer of your document contains text such as the name of the book chapter or the head name and you want to add page numbers as well, the above guide won’t be of any help. For that purpose, you need to apply a bit complex settings.

First thing first, double mouse click on the header of footer area and the Design menu will open. Click on it and then in Position tab, select Insert Alignment Tab.

header and footer tools

 

You can place your numbers on the left, right or centrally. Below is shown how the Alignment Tab looks like.

 

add page number

 

Don’t close the Design mode but select the Quick Parts option from the Insert tab. Choose Field option.

 

quick fields

 

In the field name find the Page and then in the Field properties choose the proper number formatting.

 

page number formatting

 

Click OK and then close the Header and Footer tools.

 

Guide 3: Set up Page X of Y Format

 

Follow the guide 1 to insert page numbers and upon choosing the location where you will put the numbers, choose the style. One of the styles is Page X of Y which offers three different types of bold number.

If your header or footer contains additional text, you need to follow the guide 2 and upon opening the Quick Parts tool and Field option apply these steps below:

Under the Field names list, choose NumPages name and then click OK.

From the Header & Footer tab, select Format Page Numbers and then choose the preferred format of numbers.

 

choose number format

 

Guide 4: Use Different Numbers Formats in the Same Document

 

Follow this guide if you want to use different number formats such as i, ii, iii and 1, 2, 3. Click on the page in the document where you want to start page numbering with different format.

From the Layout menu, in the Page Setup tab, select the Breaks option.

In the Section Breaks click on Next Page and then double click in the area where you want to insert a number.

The Design tab will open again and this time, you should click on Link to Previous button. By doing so, you will unlink the page numbering from a previous section and this part of the document will have different page numbering.

To set up the new format of page numbering, just follow the guide 1.

 

Start Page Numbering with Different Number

 

In some cases,  you may want to use some other number as a starting number and not the number 1. Following these steps to start page numbering with a different number:

Click on the Format Page Number option in the Header & Footer tab.

In the drop-down menu Start at, type the number you want to be your starting page number.

 

page numbering in word

 

How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint

With over 30 million presentations created every day, Microsoft PowerPoint is without any doubt the most popular slideshow creator on Earth. Used extremely frequently both in business and in education, this software allows users to expeditiously manage their presentations, which can later be applied to a wide array of possibilities.

Another interesting fact is that 120 million people use PowerPoint for business, and more than 6 million teachers depend on it for classroom lectures. A relatively new feature to PowerPoint is that you can embed YouTube videos onto a presentation, which can be more than convenient at times.

As the world’s largest free video hosting service YouTube doesn’t really require any kind of special introduction, so if you require embellishing your presentation with a YouTube video and you’re not sure how to do it, continue reading this post!

 

So, how exactly to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint?

 

Firstly, it is important that you own a 2016, 2013 or 2010 version of PowerPoint, because otherwise the embedding won’t work.

 

  1. The beginning step is to open the YouTube video you require embedded with your browser. It’s also vital to note that YouTube is the only streaming website that is supported by PowerPoint, so you cannot use other stream-based sites.
  2. Select the Share option on that specific YouTube page. You will find the Embed button exactly below it. Just copy the highlighted code (with the right click mouse button, or with Ctrl+C on your keyboard).

how to embed a youtube video in powerpoint

  1. Open PowerPoint and select the specific slide you wish to add the video on. Click on the Insert tab, where you’ll see the Video button among other options.

embed video in powerpoint

Click on it and select the Online Video option. In case you’re using the 2010         PowerPoint version, click the Video from Website button.

  1. The next step is to select the Paste embed code here option, or you can just use the Ctrl+V, or right click your mouse and press Paste. Then click on the arrow to insert a video into PowerPoint.

how to embed a youtube video

  1. Once you’ve completed these steps, the video will emerge on your slide. Most probably it’ll just appear like a black box, but do not fret, because this is normal.
  2. The next phase is to select the Playback tab, which will open all the options for the video. Click the Start drop-down list and choose how the video will play. It’s very important that you select one of these given options, because the video won’t work without it.

insert video in powerpoint

  1. When you are planning to present your PowerPoint presentation, make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection, which is a mandatory requirement for the YouTube videos to be played.

Tax Day 2017 PDF Software Deal- 20% Discount

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With this year’s tax season almost at a finish, there is only a narrow time frame to get all of your taxes in order. If you don’t perform these types of activities as a professional accountant, it’s probably safe to say that you’ve left with this (let’s not fool ourselves) quite difficult and exhausting task for the last moment possible.

Analyzing huge amounts of documents can be a real hassle, especially if it has to be done in a very short period of time. To make things even worse, the majority of these tax returns, invoices, bank statements and other similar accompanying documents frequently come in PDF form, which makes them severely tough for editing.

In light of all this, we wanted to help everyone in need by lowering the price of our software, PDF Converter Elite 5.

 

You can use this 20% discount from today to April the 18th.

 

 How PDF Converter Elite Can Help You With Financial Data

 

 

With PDF Converter Elite 5 you can easily do almost anything with your PDF files:

  • edit text directly on a PDF
  • custom convert PDF to Excel and CSV
  • secure files with passwords and apply permissions only to the certain people
  • convert both regular and scanned PDF files
  • merge PDF files or pages
  • split PDF files or pages

Take advantage of this time-sensitive offer and make this tax season passes with lower stress levels than usual!

How to Rotate PDF Files

Performing classical editing options on a PDF file can be quite troublesome because of their read-only nature, and one of them is definitely the rotation of the entire document, or just specific pages of the document. The reasons to rotate PDF files can be numerous, ranging from either the need to fit a specific screen type, or rotating only the pages that have images (or graphics) on them, while preserving the original outlay of all the other pages. We shouldn’t focus too much on possible intentions for rotating PDFs, because each individual has their own unique requirement to do it, depending on the file in question, instead we should concentrate on how to overcome this distinctive, but fairly simple issue- to rotate PDF files.

 

Rotate PDF Files by using PDF Converter Elite

Download the free trial version of the software here, and once you’ve installed it on your computer, open the PDF you require to be edited. This is achieved by selecting the Open icon found on the upper left part of your monitor.

 

rotate pdf files

 

Once the file is selected, the next thing needed to be done is to open the Edit window, which is also found in the upper left corner.

 

rotate pdf

The Edit subsection offers multiple choices, and to rotate your PDF, click on the Rotate Pages button.

rotate pdf pages

 

Here you can determine the starting and finishing page you desire rotated, and the angle of the rotation itself. You can choose from 90° clockwise, 90° counterclockwise, and 180°. If you require to rotate multiple pages that don’t go in a row, just repeat this step again.

 

rotate pdf file

How do you permanently rotate a PDF?

When you rotate a PDF by following the rules above, click on the X button to close the PDF file and you will be asked to save the changes. In that way you will permanently rotate a PDF file.

How do I rotate a single page in a PDF?

If your PDF file is big and you want to rotate only one page, open the PDF in the same way, by clicking on the Open icon. Then click the Edit menu and the Rotate button. Type in the same number of the page, in the first page and the last page section. In that way, only one page will be rotated. Click Rotate and that’s it.

How do I save a PDF as horizontal?

 

In order to rotate a PDF horizontally, choose one of these two options: 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise, depending on whether you want to move your PDF horizontally on the left or right. So, in the same way as explained above, open a PDF in PDF Converter Elite, choose the Rotate option and set up the numbers of pages you want to rotate and the angle.

So there you have it, hopefully this short tutorial will aid you once you have the need to edit your PDF file in this somewhat unusual, but very useful way. For more PDF tips visit our PDF knowledgebase here.

 

How to Delete Pages from PDF

Working with big data can be exhausting and time consuming. Often those files that you need to analyze are kept in PDF format, which is known for its capacity to keep the document protected. That comes in handy for document safety purposes, but if you want to get rid of some parts of the document you will need to learn how to delete pages from PDF files.

If you deal with large PDF files, the only way to process all that data is to delete unnecessary pages. In a few steps you can get rid of information you don’t need and have a better organized PDF document.

 

Use PDF Converter Elite to Delete Pages from PDF Files

 

Install a free trial of PDF Converter Elite here.

Upon running the program, open the PDF file you are working with. To open a PDF file, click the Open icon or File > Open.

Delete Pages option is accessible via Edit button shown in the toolbar. You can also access the Edit options by clicking on Edit menu.

If you click on Edit button on the toolbar, a sidebar will show up on the left offering you different editing options. One of them is Delete Pages button.

delete pages from pdf

If you choose to click on Edit menu, a drop-down menu will appear where you will find Delete Pages option.

Note: This option is only available if your PDF contains more than one page.

 

So, what is the next step?

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