producing your first circuit diagram, copy the template files
onto your C: drive.
Start MS Paint and open the required template file. Then start
another session of MS Paint and save your new file as a monochrome .bmp or .gif
file. Now you're ready to start pasting the required symbols into your new file.
Then it's just a matter of using the features in Paint to place the symbols in the
right place, and connect them together with lines of suitable thickness.
Here's one I made earlier:
Good luck with your poor man's CAD package!
writing the original article in 2002, I notice that the latest version of MS
Paint supplied with Windows 10 no longer renders the symbol images
correctly. They look fine in Full Screen mode, but not in Edit mode.
I've tried altering the screen resolution under the Display settings in
Windows 10, but it does seem that MS Paint has been well and truly broken.
I'm currently experimenting with Paint Shop Pro 7 which appears to have some
potential as a replacement. But I may decide to use Version 1.1 of
Paint XP (paint.exe - 1 MB for x86) that can be downloaded at your own
risk from https://paint-xp.software.informer.com/download/
Steve Rawlings, ex-GW4ALG
22 October 2020