Microsoft Paint on Windows 11 is getting dark mode – here’s a closer look

Windows 11 Paint dark mode

MS Paint recently received a new design in the Windows Insider
channels and it will be getting support for dark mode in a
future update on Windows 11. This is Microsoft’s latest effort
to make native desktop apps ready for Windows 11’s new design
using Fluent and Mica effect.

Back in September, Microsoft started testing redesigned Paint
with users in the Dev Channel. The new Paint is a modern take
on the classic Windows paint and it is apparently based on the
old codebase. It has not been downgraded to UWP, so the overall
experience is going to be familiar.

Some design features in the new Paint app include rounded
corners, new dialogs for brushes, colour picker, and it also
supports Mica. For those unaware, Mica is a
performance-friendly material that applies the desktop’s
background to Windows 11 apps like Paint, Media Player, and
more.

MS Paint dark mode

Paint is still under development and some design features like
dark mode are currently missing.

Thankfully, Microsoft is working on dark mode support and it
can be enabled in the app right now if you’re willing to try a
script developed by developer Ahmed
Walid.

Paint dark menu

As you can see in the above screenshots, Paint’s dark mode
would be similar to the one teased by Panos Panay on Twitter.
Dark applies to the new simplified toolbar, rounded colour
palette, drop-down menus, menus like brushes, colour picker or
the popup that lets you change the size of strokes.

We don’t know when the iconic Paint app will be officially
getting this long-awaited dark mode in the production or beta
channel. Microsoft is internally experimenting with the dark
mode and this won’t be the final design.

In addition to dark mode, Paint’s Windows 11 app is also

expected to get a new “Edit Color,” “Resize and Skew,”
dialogue. The dialogues are based on the WinUI principles
and they fit better with the rest of the operating system.
Likewise, there’s a new feature that lets you shift-click on a
colour swatch in Paint to add colour to the secondary colour
box.

Microsoft is testing fixes for Paint app issues too. For
example, a bug where text boxes would move unexpectedly was
recently fixed in the app.

As always, Insiders should be able to beta test this updated
Paint app with the dark mode in early 2022 and it will arrive
for everyone else on the regular version in a few months.

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