FIX: Paint 3D shows no export option

Vladimir Popescu
by Vladimir Popescu
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  • Worried that Paint 3D shows no export option? Your chance to create a complex work of art shouldn’t be taken away.
  • To quickly solve this, you may remove and then install Microsoft Paint 3D back. Updating your Windows 10 OS could also make a difference.
  • Using a professional tool like Adobe Photoshop will spare you the trouble of troubleshooting these errors in the first place.
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Paint 3D doesn't show export option

Paint 3D is a very useful Windows 10 application, but some users have complained that there is no export option available.

This issue has caused a lot of stress, especially if you used Paint 3D to create a complex work of art only to find yourself stuck in this situation.


Here is what one user had to say about this problem on the Microsoft Answers forums:

I have created a 2d project which saves okay into paint 3D in exactly the same way as many times before.  I have never had any problems saving to a file but today I cannot save it to a file – it saves but the file is empty – I cannot print it or share it.  The export option has disappeared so how do I get the image out of paint 3D so that I can use it?

It seems that the possible cause for this issue might be related to one of the latest updates. Some users have experienced this issue after updating, and others have not.

This makes solving this issue a bit tricky, but our team at WindowsReport has searched online for the best troubleshooting solutions for this issue.

Read on to find out what the troubleshooting methods are.

What can I do if Paint 3D shows no export option?

1. Try out Adobe Photoshop

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2. Troubleshoot Windows apps

  1. Press Win+X keys on your keyboard -> select Settings.
  2. Inside the Settings window -> choose Update and security.Update and security - Paint 3D no export option
  3. Choose Troubleshoot from the left-side menu.
  4. Scroll down and select the option Microsoft Store Apps.
  5. Click Run the troubleshooter and wait for the process to complete.

3. Use a keyboard shortcut to open the export menu

In the case of some users, pressing the Alt+F keys on their keyboard opened the export menu, and they were able to export their project normally.

Check to see if this is also the case for you. If the menu opens but you still can’t see an Export option, follow the next method.

Want to use Paint 3D to convert images to black and white? Here’s how to do it

4. Update your Windows 10 OS

This error could be caused by a Windows 10 update, or the improper download and install process of the update. For this reason, it is recommended that you try searching for any updates.

Do this to check for updates:

  1. Press the Cortana search box -> type Update -> choose the option Windows Update update - Paint 3D no export option
  2. Inside the window that opens, please click the Check for updates button.
  3. Wait for the process to complete, and install any available updates for your system.
  4. Restart your PC if requested to do so.

5. Remove and then re-add Microsoft Paint 3D

To uninstall:

  1. Press Win+X keys -> select Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  2. Copy-paste this command and press Enter: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MSPaint | Remove-AppxPackage PowerShell command - Paint 3D no export option

To reinstall:

  1. Inside the PowerShell (Admin) window -> type this command: Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.MSPaint | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}
  2. Press Enter to run the command and wait for the process to complete.

Feel free to let us know if this guide managed to solve your issue caused by Paint 3D not allowing you to export your file.

You can use the comment section below to let us know if you found this article helpful.

FAQ: Learn more about Paint 3D

  • What is 3D Paint for?

Paint 3D is a popular program ideal to create unique 2D art, 3D objects, paint objects with stickers, add effects to your 3D creations, and even remix models made by other users.

  • How do I export in Paint 3D?

To export your work of art, click the clock icon, then click Export. To export Paint 3D files to .stl and .obj, install the 3D Builder app, as described in this dedicated article.

  • How can I move objects inside Paint 3D?

To easily move objects inside Paint 3D, open the project you created, click on the Text option, and follow the steps detailed in this quick guide.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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