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The File menu contains commands for opening, saving, and otherwise working with documents in NPS.

New Window

Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+I

Starts a new instance of NPS – in other words, a new window. You can open as many instances as you would like for editing multiple images, and can copy and paste data between them.


Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+N

Creates a new, blank document.

If an existing document is open, you will be prompted to either save your work or discard your changes.

New from Template

Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+N

Creates a new image based on a predefined template.


Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+O

Opens an existing file for editing. You can open standard BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, and TIF files. Additionally, you can open NPS brushes (with a .bru extension), and NPS raw bitmap files used for internal purposes (with a .bitmap extension).

Note that this version of NPS no longer supports opening or saving .NPI files made with previous versions.

Open Path or URI

Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+O

Opens a file or resource specified by a URI that you cannot otherwise open using the standard Open dialog. The following formats are supported:

http://, https://, and file:// for opening image URLs directly
data: for pasting a Data URI
npsres:// for opening a built in resource


Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+S

Saves the changes you made to the document since the last save. If the document was never saved, you will be prompted to choose where to save it.

Save As

Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+S

Prompts you for a new save location for the current document. Subsequent uses of the "Save" command will use the new location.

Save Copy

Keyboard Shortcut: None

Prompts you for a new save location for the current document, but unlike "Save As", only a copy is saved to the new location and the original location continues to be used when saving further changes.

This can be useful when you want to save multiple versions of the image as you work on it.


Keyboard Shortcut: None

Closes the current document, presenting you with a fresh NPS window.

Lock Saves (Read Only)

Keyboard Shortcut: None

When enabled, any attempts to save the file will result in a warning, and the data will not be saved. This effectively makes the image read-only.

This feature can be useful if you are working on a delicate file that you do not want to accidentally overwrite, either by clicking through a dialog or by instinctively pressing Ctrl+S to save.

Revert to Last Saved

Keyboard Shortcut: None

Reloads the last-saved version of the current document. This will permanently undo any changes that you have made since the last save.


Keyboard Shortcut: N/A

Allows you to acquire a document via camera, scanner, the web, or other sources.


Keyboard Shortcut: N/A

Allows you to save or publish your document via the web, specialized file formats, or other.

Page Setup

Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+P

Opens the Page Setup dialog, which allows you to configure the document for printing.


Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+P

Prints the document. You will be given the chance to choose the printer to use.

Advanced Printing

Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+P

Displays a dialog that allows you to customize the print output of your document.

List of most-recently-used files

Keyboard Shortcut: N/A

Displays a list of the documents most recently opened. Click on a file to load it for editing.

You can customize the number of documents displayed by opening Options in the Tools menu and navigating to General > Files.

Close All

Keyboard Shortcut: None

Closes all open NPS document windows.


Keyboard Shortcut: Alt+F4

Closes the current NPS instance. This is equivalent to clicking the red "X" in the top right corner.