Microsoft Updates the Traditional Paint App for Home windows 11: Here is What’s New

Although Microsoft has been with us since 1985, they are keen to update Paint for Windows 11 with some noticeable new features.

After many years of service, Microsoft decided to give its classic paint app a modern makeover. The new update currently available for Windows 11 Insider on the Dev Channel is an attempt to bring the look of the app in line with the operating system's new UI design.

What's new in the Classic Paint app for Windows 11?

As reported on Windows Blogs, the new update brings some subtle but important changes to the aging arts app. Those familiar with the MS Paint app will find that the UI for the Edit Color, Resize, and Skew popups is now Windows 11 style.

Image source – Microsoft Blog

In addition, the new update provides improved screen reader support to support accessibility. It also fixes the problem of text boxes moving unexpectedly when using IME and also fixes incorrectly localized dialog boxes in Hebrew, Dutch, Norwegian, and other languages. And finally, if you hold down the Shift key and click on a color field, it will now be selected as the secondary color.

While these changes may not be material, this update may only be the tip of the iceberg. Rumor has it that Microsoft is preparing some updates for the Paint app to bring it into modern times. For example, there are reports that a dark theme and centered canvas are in the pipeline for a future release, so keep an eye on Paint for years to come.


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The Classic Paint app is here to stay

Microsoft's continued support for making the classic Paint app look in sync with Windows 11 means the app will still remain part of the Windows operating system. With new features reportedly in the pipeline, the new MS Paint app will likely be rolled out to all users in early 2022.

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