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Windows 11 Paint app gets update, Insiders can try it now

Paint Update Windows
Paint Update Windows (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • The Windows 11 Paint app is getting an update that's rolling out to Dev Channel Insiders right now.
  • It streamlines some aesthetic items in the Paint app.
  • It also fixes a smattering of issues and made a handful of improvements.

Dev Channel Insiders, good news: Windows 11's Paint app is getting an update that's rolling out right now. Don't expect it to reinvent the existing app, but it will help it in a few key areas.

First, it will bring the "Edit Color" and "Resize and Skew" options, along with a few other tools and text boxes, in line with the style of Windows 11 and unify the overall design aesthetic. Microsoft's blog post on the subject also contains a few key additional improvements the Paint team has made to the app, which include the following:

  • Shift-click on a color swatch will now select that color as your secondary color.
  • Fixed an issue where text boxes would move unexpectedly when using IME.
  • Fixed an issue where some dialogs were not properly localized in Hebrew, Dutch, Norwegian, and other languages.
  • Improved support for screen readers.

Paint App Update

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

In other words, if you're a stickler for design unification, were disappointed with the Hebrew, Dutch, and Norwegian Paint experience, or were annoyed by unwanted movements from text boxes, this update should make your life a lot better.

And if it doesn't make your life better, let Microsoft know. In the company's blog post on the Paint update, it also asks for you to sound off in the Feedback Hub with thoughts and suggestions. Microsoft even says it "loves" receiving feedback, so by all means, go for it.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

3 Comments
  • Any hint of a dark theme for the app?
  • Same question here.
  • LOL and people complained about UWP "wasted space", enjoy the huge wasted height of title bar + menu bar + ribbon. At least Paint 3D used the horizontal space that makes more sense as most of monitors are wider than taller