PSP 7 View Menu

The view menu allows you access to many Paint Shop Pro features that will make your work easier and more efficient. The main features on this menu are View options such as full screen and zoom and alignment assists such as grids and guides. The following graphic illustrates the menu choices. This menu also contains a feature new to Paint Shop Pro 7, Preview in Web Browser

There are several viewing options available from the menu. If you are menu oriented person, this is where you will want to invoke these commands. But, we feel that these commands are best invoked by keyboard shortcuts or through the use of the Zoom tool.

Full Screen Edit

Shortcut: Shift A

This command turns off the top menu bar on Paint Shop Pro and allows you a larger viewing area for your graphic. This command works best by using the keyboard shortcut since the “Shift A” toggles you into Full Screen mode and toggles you back. When you go into full screen mode, the menu toolbar disappears. You can still access the menu toolbar by placing your cursor at the top of the screen, but since you can’t see the menu toolbar bar, this can be confusing.

Full Screen Preview

Shortcut: (Shift-Ctrl) A

This command turns off all the menus and toolbars and centers your graphic on a black background. It is very handy for assessing a graphic without all the clutter of the toolbars and menus. To restore your toolbars and menus, simply hit (Esc).


Instant access to Full Screen Mode – If you find that you are frequently working in Full Screen mode, place the icon on your customized toolbar.


Normal Viewing

Shortcut: (Ctrl-Alt) N

This command will return your graphic to normal viewing mode (1:1 ratio). This is very handy when you have zoomed in on a graphic numerous times and want to return to normal viewing. This is the most direct route to normal viewing. Again, this is another candidate for placing the icon for the feature on your customized toolbar.

Zoom Out/Zoom In

You will probably never use these menu items since using the Zoom tool is much easier and more intuitive. If you want to Zoom in 1 time, just choose the Zoom tool and left click on the graphic once. If you want to zoom back, right click with the Zoom tool.

Preview in Web Browser

This feature allows you to preview your graphic in a web browser of your choice. Before you can use this feature, you need to tell Paint Shop Pro what web browsers you wish to use. To configure the web browsers, click on the “Edit Web Browser” button on the Preview in Web Browser tool palette as illustrated in the following graphic. To preview your graphics:

  • Highlight the formats you want to preview (ignore the “bmp” format since you can’t view a “bmp” in a web browser and it will end up with a “broken graphic”.
  • Choose the web browser(s).
  • Enter a size or leave the default size set. Note: If you resize your graphic in a manner that is not proportionate to the original graphic size, the graphic will look distorted.
  • Click on the Preview button.
  • Set the Optimizer levels as the Optimizers pop up and then click OK.

When your graphic is rendered in the browser, it will display also display the graphic size in Kbytes, download time for 28.8 and 56.6 Kbps modems, and the number of colors used in the graphic.


The settings for View>Rulers are set in File>Preferences>General Program Preferences>Rulers and Units (See Customizing PSP).

Rulers can be set to pixels, inches or centimeters. Rulers are very useful when you wish to cut an accurate portion out of a graphic. The following graphic demonstrates the use of rulers to create an accurate 200×100 pixel selection area starting at 50 pixels.

Rulers must be active on your image to use the guidelines feature since the guidelines are accessed from the ruler.


Shortcut: (Ctrl-Alt) G

The settings for the Grid option are configured in File>Preferences>General Program Preferences>Rulers and Units (See Customizing PSP). This is another very handy command in Paint Shop Pro. When you are attempting to line up parts of an image, the grid comes in very handy. It is also an invaluable tool for creating images through combining different shapes. The following graphic demonstrates how you can use the grids to line up shapes (Figure on left) to create a shape to use as a template for a button (Figure on right).

If you save a graphic in PSP format, the currently active grid settings will be saved with the document.

Change Grid and Guide Properties

This menu option gives you access to the Grid and Guide Properties options as illustrated in the following graphic. The shortcut to this Options box is the same as the shortcut outlined in View>Grid.

  • Grids – Grids can be set in units of Pixels, Centimeters or Inches. The Horizontal and Vertical spacing sets the size of each grid box. The line color sets the color of the grid lines.
  • Guides – To remove all guides present in a graphic, toggle the Remove all guides box. To set a color for the guides that id different from the default color, toggle the Set color of all Guides box, then choose the alternate color from the color picker.
  • Snap – Toggling an option in the Snap dialog will determine where on the guidelines the selection will align itself. Snap influence in pixels determines the distance in pixels from a grid/guideline your selection will be when the “snap” occurs. The Snap to Grid and Snap to Guide allows you to toggle on and off the snap to behavior.

View Guides

The View Guides menu option allows you to set guidelines on your graphic. Guidelines are set by placing the cursor in the ruler, then when the cursor turns into a crosshair, dragging a guideline onto the graphic. Guidelines can be moved by placing the cursor over a currently placed guideline in the ruler (the cursor will turn into a white filled cross hair) and dragging the guideline.


 When you are placing guidelines on a graphic, it is a good idea to have the arrow key toggled. This will give you access to right-clicking to bring up the “Change Grid and Guide Properties” dialog box.


Snap to Grid

If you have “View Grid” toggled on, you will be able to toggle on the “snap to grid” option. If you have not toggled View Grid, this option will be greyed out on the menu. Toggling Snap to Grid activates the “snap” behavior.

Snap to Guides

If you have “View Guides” toggled on, you will be able to toggle on the “snap to guide” option. If you have not toggled View Guides, this option will be greyed out on the menu. Toggling Snap to Guides activates the “snap” behavior.


This option allows you to turn on and off the toolbars you want to have available to you on your workspace. It also allows you to set the size of the icons and the style of the toolbars. This is also where you can configure Automatic Rollups (See Workspace for further information on Rollups).

If you have a small monitor and you turn on Large Icons, you may think that some of your tools on the left toolbar have disappeared. They have not disappeared, they are just off the screen. If your monitor is too small, you may not be able to use this option as it will cause some of your tools to be inaccessible. When you click on the “Customize” button on the Toolbar Dialog Box with the Toolbar option toggled, you will have the option of choosing icons to add to your main toolbar. Customizing your toolbar is discussed in detail in the Customizing PSP tutorial.

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