Microsoft’s classic Paint application just got a facelift for Windows 11


Microsoft hasn’t only spared its classic Paint app from oblivion – it’s now breathing new life into it as an app for Windows 11.

The updated Paint application for Windows 11 includes updated “Change Color” and “Resize and Skew” dialog boxes to fit the design of Windows 11.

The updated Paint application is available for Windows 11 for Windows Insiders in the Developer Channel, which Microsoft announced in a blog post.

SEE: Windows 11: Here’s How To Get The Free Microsoft Operating System Update

A while back, with Paint 3D behind the scenes for Windows 10 and Microsoft’s focus on touch screens, Microsoft seemed poised to kill the classic MS Paint app.

But after a public outcry, he decided to keep the classic Paint alive as a free Microsoft Store app rather than a built-in Windows feature.

With Windows 11, Microsoft has now added new keys to the Paint app, including a new user interface (UI), toolbar updates, and rounded edges on the app window. The updates were aimed at giving Paint a “modern take on the classic app.”

As for Paint 3D, it will not come pre-installed on Windows 11. Nor Skype, whose old real estate on Windows has given way to a Teams chat button.

There are more makeover plans in the pipeline. Paint, for example, doesn’t yet have dark theme support but it is coming, with a centered canvas announced a few months ago.

Other so-called “inbox apps” from Microsoft that got a Windows 11 refresh include the calculator and the email and calendar apps.

Microsoft has also rolled out a new Media Player app to display video and music content, which replaces the Groove music app and will live alongside the legacy Windows Media Player app. Microsoft has updated the look of these core apps as part of its big “Sun Valley” UI overhaul for Windows 11.


The new Edit Color dialog box in Paint.

Image: Microsoft


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