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
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 find that the latest versions of Paint
Windows 10 and Windows 11 don't render BMP images very well. The image
gets distorted in all editing screens (normal size, and zoomed-in sizes).
The only time that accurate WYSIWYG images are presented to the screen is
when viewing the image in 'Full Screen' (non-editing) mode.
But the old version of Paint that came with Windows XP still works perfectly
under Windows 11. My thanks to Tony G4WIF for suggesting that I
seek out an XP version of Paint and try running it under Windows 11.
I downloaded the XP version of Paint
Steve Rawlings, ex-GW4ALG
21 February 2023