How to Make MS Paint Turn White Background Transparent

There are many situations where you may want to use images with a transparent background. Images with transparent background stack on each other very well and your particular task may require images with transparent background. However, there is no option to save images with transparent background MS Paint, Windows’ built-in image application.

Many Paint users are confused with an option in Select tool under Image group on Paint’s Home tab. This is the Transparent Selection option that you can toggle on and off. Paint users select this option and hope that their saved image will have a transparent background. Unfortunately, this is not true. Transparent Selection option only works within the Paint application and it only works with the white background. To try this option, follow these steps.

Click the small arrow on Select tool under Image group and check Transparent Selection


Now select an area of the image that contains a part of the image and a part of the white background.

Copy and paste this selection to another area of the image.

You will see that the white part of the selection is transparent. However, when you save the image, the white area of the image will not be transparent.

Fortunately, there is a hack that you can use to have images with transparent backgrounds. However, you need Microsoft PowerPoint for this hack to work. If you have Microsoft PowerPoint installed, you are ready to go. Follow these steps to remove background color of your image.

Insert your image into Microsoft PowerPoint.

Select the image.

In Picture Tools, go to Adjust group and click the Color

Select Set Transparent Color. A color selection tool will be attached to your mouse cursor. Precisely click in your picture on the color you want to remove.


You will see the color being removed instantaneously. Right click the picture and click Save as picture.


Choose PNG from Save as type dropdown menu in the Save As Picture dialogue box.

Note: If the background color is present in other areas of the picture, it will be removed as well.

Your saved picture will have a transparent background.


  1. Just a random tip to anyone happening to read this guide, It also won’t work if you paste the image into PPT apparently. You have to save the new image and then insert into PowerPoint.

  2. A big thank you ! I love simple ways to sort things and this was just what I needed ! well done for discovering !

  3. that’s not a hack , it is just using another program you have to pay for…. you have literally NOT told us how to make a transparent background using paint. You basically said, to make it transparent in Paint , you have to close it, pay for another program, and use that one instead. You could have easily said there is no way to do it in Paint.

  4. You need PPT to make it work, other then that i am not aware of a different method, if you are or if you find one, let me know and i’ll credit you here for the method.

  5. I’ll give credit to Kevin. At the end the outcome is what we all wanted. Anyone that has Paint in their laptop/PC probably has PowerPoint.

  6. Excellent!!!
    Tried starting from MS Paint that is available for free on any computer and finished with Power Point which is free also. It worked. Thank you!

  7. Stop complaining. The guy clearly explained that what you’re asking for is not possible. However if he said ITS NOT POSSIBLE at the top, nobody would bother reading the rest, so he smartly explained alternate methods. Those methods work. Thanks 🙂

  8. This statement is patently false: “it only works with the white background.” Paint looks at the currently selected background color. It never has to be only white. Sheesh…so-called “experts”…

  9. Excellent article! Powerpoint to the rescue for transparent background. For such a common request youd think all tools like mspaint would do it for you. I cannot believe mspaint lets you set the transparent colour for selecting an area but then doesn’t save it as a transparent colour – but as white!

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