Microsoft Paint app gets dark mode support on Windows 11

Microsoft updates its Paint app and introduces dark mode support and various other improvements.

Paint app in dark mode
Paint app in dark mode
  • The Paint app for Windows 11 gets dark mode support.
  • The update is available as a preview through the Dev and Canary Channel.
  • Microsoft is also rolling out improvements for zooming, dialogs, and accessibility.

The Microsoft Paint app finally includes dark theme support on Windows 11. The company has officially announced that you can now use the Paint app in dark mode if you have a device enrolled in the Dev or Canary Channel of the Windows Insider Program.

According to Microsoft, the Paint app will change the theme color based on the system color preference. However, you can always switch from light to dark and vice versa through the settings page independently of the system configuration.

In addition, you will also find improvements to the zoom controls and more flexibility and control over the view of your content on the canvas. You can still use the presets menu to zoom in and out, but now, there’s also a slider for finer granularity increments. Furthermore, the app introduces a new fit-to-screen option that optimizes zoom to match your window size.

Finally, this updated version of Microsoft Paint introduces new visuals for the “Image Properties” dialogs to match the design style across Windows 11. Additionally, the app also brings enhancements for accessibility and usability of the dialogs and improved access key and keyboard shortcut support.

The new version of the Microsoft Paint app is now available for devices enrolled in the latest preview of Windows 11 through the Dev and Canary Channels.

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