Many Windows 11 users have been patiently waiting for the company’s Paint app to add a dark mode. Some people were not so patient. Mod developers have been adding dark mode features to Paint through third-party apps for some time now.
Today, the long wait is over, at least if you’re a member of the Windows Insider Program. Microsoft revealed today. That insiders of Dev and Canary channels can download the new version (11.2304.17.0) of Paint app. Yes, it finally includes a dark mode.
With this update, we’re introducing support for dark mode in Paint. By default, Paint will adapt to your system theme preferences, but you can change this option yourself on the new Settings page.
In addition to the new dark mode, the new Paint app for Dev and Canary Insiders includes some new features and improvements to its zoom mode:
The classic presets are still available, but now you can also zoom in and out with finer granularity increments on the zoom slider or set a custom zoom value for even greater precision. We’re also introducing a new fit-to-screen option to quickly optimize the zoom to match the size of your window.
Microsoft has also made changes to the Paint app’s Image Properties dialog.
They now match the new Windows 11 design style and fit in with the new Paint app backdrop, as well as access to dialogs and usability improvements throughout the app. We’ve also improved access key and keyboard shortcut support throughout the app for better accessibility and productivity with the keyboard.
There’s no word yet on when these features will be available to all Windows 11 users. Hopefully the rest of us won’t have to wait too long to get dark mode in the Paint app.