Microsoft has been teasing the new Microsoft Paint for Windows with its new fluent design for some time, and today the updated software is reportedly rolling out to Windows 11 Insiders in the Dev channel.
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The updated app features more rounded corners and appears to have all new icons, but does still retain the ribbon design for its functions, something which has been removed from the new Windows 11 File Explorer. Another notable improvement is the availability of a dark mode. See Microsoft’s video below:
The updated app is not available to all Insiders yet, but it will presumably hit your PC in short order.
Update: Microsoft has now confirmed the news, saying:
The redesigned Paint app for Windows 11 is a modern spin on the classic app. You will notice a completely updated UI that matches the new visual design of Windows 11. Paint’s new design includes rounded corners, Mica, and more!
The most prominent change to Paint is the newly simplified toolbar with updated icon designs, a rounded color palette, and a new set of drop-down menus for tools such as brushes, stroke size, and flip/rotate controls.
Beyond updated icons and dropdown menus, we’ve included a new text tool for you to try. To access the tool, click on the “A” icon in the toolbar.
Look out for future updates to the Paint app where we plan to address your feedback with improvements including dark theme, a centered canvas, and updated dialogs which have yet to be updated with the app’s new design.