What you need to know

  • Microsoft Paint and WordPad might be optional features for Windows 10 in the future.
  • Both apps appeared in the Optional Features section of a recent Insider build of Windows 10.
  • Being optional features means that these apps could be uninstalled.

Microsoft Paint and WordPad could become optional features that users can uninstall in the future. In Windows 10 Build 18963, both WordPad and Microsoft Paint appear in the Optional Features section (via Windows Latest).

In the Optional Features sections, users can turn features on and off including Internet Explorer, several language options, and things like Microsoft Quick Assist. In the latest Insider build, users can uninstall WordPad and Microsoft Paint from their systems. Many users want the ability to uninstall any app or feature that they don't use, so this will likely be seen as a positive option.

Windows 10 Build 18963 included several enhancements to the Optional Features section, including being able to multi-select optional features and improved list management.