Problems Using Saved Colors with 256-Color Bitmap

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When you are using Microsoft Paint, you cannot use a palette that you saved with the Save Colors command to edit a 256-color bitmap. If you load the saved palette with the Get Colors command, choose a color from the saved palette, then use that color to edit the 256-color bitmap, the color that appears is different than the color you chose.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Windows 95. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

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Note that the Get Colors command may be unavailable on the Options menu in Paint if you are using a 256-color palette. This occurs because the 256- color palette is fixed and cannot accommodate new colors. If your system supports more than 256 colors, follow these steps to enable the Get Colors command:
  1. In Control Panel, double-click Display.
  2. Click the Settings tab.
  3. In the Color Palette box, click a setting with more than 256 colors.

    NOTE: If your system does not support more than 256 colors, you will not be able to select a higher setting.
  4. Click OK.
After you make this change, you may still experience the symptoms described in this article.


Article ID: 130295 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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