Hands on with Windows 11’s redesigned Microsoft Paint app

Windows 11 Paint app

MS Paint, which has been around since Windows 1, is getting a
significant design update on Windows 11. Regardless of new
features and accessibility improvements that have come with
previous Windows 10 feature updates, Paint’s overall interface
has always been constant.

In addition to Windows 11, Microsoft has also confirmed a new
design approach for all inbox apps.

Microsoft wants to make apps that have been part of all popular
Windows versions fit in with Windows 11’s new design language.
The tech giant has already updated the
Photos app,
Snipping Tool, Alarms & Clock, Mail & Calendar, and Windows
Store with a new look. And now, the famous Paint app is now
getting a new design on Windows 11.

Microsoft Paint’s new design is now rolling out to more testers
in the Windows Insider Program. As part of the redesign, MS
Paint is getting a new command bar that replaces the existing
ribbon layout, and the window of the app now respects Windows
11’s new Mica material.

It also features a new look for brush, colour options, menus,
and font size toolbar, which makes the classic ribbon interface
feel outdated.

It’s not just about Fluent and Mica design though. MS Paint now
includes a new toolbar for the text editor to help users change
the alignment of the texts, and easily switch between different
fonts using dropdown menus.

The overall interface of MS Paint remains unchanged and
Microsoft is not working on any new feature for the app.

MS Paint redesign

Additionally, Microsoft also appears to be experimenting with
dark mode for the Paint app to bring it in line with Windows
11.

However, this redesign appears to be incomplete and you might
come across legacy components when navigating between the menus
and pages of MS Paint.

Paint colour picker

As you can see in the above screenshot, the Paint app’s colour
picker is not using WinUI 2.6 controls for some reason.

New Paint app to hit production channels soon

Windows 11 is set to arrive in a few days, and this new MS
Paint won’t be included with the upgrade. That’s because the
Paint app would still need a few weeks of time to progress
through the Beta and Release Preview channels, and then get a
green signal for the production channel.

Fortunately, the Paint app is available via the Microsoft
Store, so you won’t have to wait for Windows 11 version 22H2 or
any other feature update to try the new look.

Paint redesign will arrive as an update through the Microsoft
Store.

The new Paint app is currently available for Windows 11 users
on the Dev channel of the Insider Program and it will begin
rolling out to everyone in the coming weeks.

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