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I need a program to:

  • Paste a screenshot taken with the Print Screen key
  • Crop the picture
  • Draw a bit with the mouse, maybe add some text
  • Works on Windows 7 and all later versions

Further requirements:

  • Gratis and open source
  • Preferably under 10 MB to download, the smaller the better
  • Straightforward to use for any user
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    MSPaint complies with all of this (except being open source) and is bundled in every version of Windows since a few decades ago, up to the newest Windows 10. I don't see any reason to change it for now, if it complies what you need. – Alejandro Mar 20 '18 at 12:28
  • Deprecated doesn't mean "it doesn't work" or "you should stop using it". It means that it's essentially a "finished" product - no further development or enhancement will be done - and it might be replaced by another product in the future - but for now, it's still fine to use. You shouldn't rely on it being there in the future - but while it's still there, it's fine for use. – Jeff Zeitlin Mar 20 '18 at 12:48
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    @Bijujose - Since the OP asked to paste a PrtScn image, the image viewer will do and it is for free. – martinstoeckli Mar 21 '18 at 13:07
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    @Mawg: Customer computers, I must avoid any form of call-home/tracking feature. – Nicolas Raoul Mar 22 '18 at 14:07
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    @Mawg: yes, that's an option I have indeed. – Nicolas Raoul Mar 23 '18 at 8:12
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with your requirements Pinta comes in my mind, which is a FOSS cross-platform fork of paint.NET 3.
it seems to me, that it fits your bill:

  • for sure raster graphics can be pasted
  • copping, selecting, moving, etc. is supported
  • painting with different styles, coloring, erasing and inserting text etc. is supported
  • is cross-platform and works on windows, linux, mac, bsd (relies on mono and gtk)
  • is free as in beer and speech
  • its downloads are less than 3 MB
  • if you are familiar with Paint it won't be hard to get used to Pinta

let me mention some additional features:

  • has a color-picker
  • has a exemption tool
  • has a bunch of filters
  • can work with layers
  • lists the history of your actions in a nice way

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MIT License

  • The problem with Pinta is that it is abandoned. No updates since 3 years ago. – Sonamor Mar 24 '18 at 16:49
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    @Sonamor: if you have a look at its github-site you will see, that Pinta is still active, although its development is really slow... so yes, its a pity that there is no stable release since 3 years, but if you will/can not compile a recent version yourself, you can try the development build also available at its homepage. – DJCrashdummy Mar 24 '18 at 18:24
  • What about being able to run on win 7 and later? If it hasn’t been updated in awhile, this means there has been no active development to make sure it works with newer OSes. I recently came across software like this that I was unable to install in windows 7 because of the age. – Chillie Mar 25 '18 at 16:19
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PhotoDemon seems a good fit

  1. You can paste a screenshot or an image
  2. It's open source and free
  3. You can draw with pencil / add text
  4. Works from XP to Windows 10
  5. Portable as well :)
  6. Straightforward if you have used any other image editor like MS Paint or Paint.NET
  7. You can use batch operations & macros

The only requirement it doesn't meet is the size as it is 12 MB to download.

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2-Clause BSD License

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