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Microsoft Paint gets dark mode on Windows 11; how to enable it now

The Windows Insider program is now receiving the dark theme for the Paint app in Windows 11. Our article discussed January 2023 will see the release of the MS Paint dark mode. Microsoft has confirmed that its popular canvas app will receive an updated look and new features with the release of Windows 11.

Testers in the Windows Insider Program’s Dev and Canary channels will soon have access to the revamped Paint app for Windows 11. You won’t find the new Paint update in the Microsoft Store if your device is in the production channel.

Microsoft wants to hear from beta testers so that it can refine its Paint program. If you can’t wait, you can manually update to a new version of Paint with a dark mode and improved zoom controls by following the steps I’ve highlighted below.

  • You can get the update from the Microsoft Store if you’re on the Dev or Canary channel.
  • You can get Paint 11.2304.17.0 from our downloads page if you’re running an older version of Windows 11 or are on the production channel Saving Data Online.
  • You can install the app by right-clicking on the.msixbundle (check the file extension to make sure it is.msixbundle).
  • The update or install button should be clicked when prompted.
    Paint dark mode in Windows 11

    The new Paint has a nighttime setting and an updated options panel.

  • No matter which version of Windows 11 you’re using, if you launch Paint, you’ll see a dark theme option.

Paint will use the system’s preferred theme by default, but you can change this in the new settings page. Paint’s current preferences page allows users to select between a light, dark, and “respect system” theme.

Paint app settings
You can change Paint’s theme to light, dark, or your system’s default.

Updated zoom features for Paint are also in development at Microsoft. This makes it much simpler to adjust how things look while you’re editing them in Paint. You’ll still have access to the traditional presets, but the new zoom in/out functionality should improve precision. A user-specified zoom level is also available.

MS Paint zoom controls
Windows 11’s MS Paint now has zoom controls.

Fit to screen is a new feature that automatically adjusts the canvas to the current viewport.

Microsoft is also updating the “Image Properties” dialog box with a new look and support for dark mode. The modernized dialogs should look and feel consistent with the rest of Windows 11. All over the app, you’ll find new, touch-friendly controls.

The company is making these changes so that their products are easier to use for everyone. As a result, shortcut keys and keyboard shortcut support have been enhanced.

As was mentioned up top, Windows Insiders are currently testing a reimagined version of Microsoft’s Paint app. In the coming weeks, it will be made available to the general public, but until then, you can always download it from msixbundle and install it manually.

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