Microsoft’s Updating Paint to Make it Easier to Use

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Brad Sams in Windows with 10 Comments

After nearly killing the application, Microsoft’s 11th-hour reprieve of Paint is once again seeing new life. The company announced today that they will be updating the application with new features that should make the app a little bit easier to use.

With the newest update to Paint, Microsoft is adding keyboard input that will let you design your next masterpiece without ever having to touch your mouse or your screen. Of course, mouse and screen inputs are still enabled but these new controls make the application easier to use for those who prefer, or are limited to, the keyboard.

Using arrow keys, you can now move the cursor and hitting the space bar will activate a tool. If you hold the space bar and use the arrows, this will let you select an area, and by pressing cntrl+space, this will let you commit to an operation. As you would expect, you can tab through the interface and escape will cancel a selection too.

These are minor updates to Paint but for those that use only a keyboard, this will make the app a little bit more accessible. Considering that the app was nearly deprecated and that it’s now receiving updates, it looks like Paint should be sticking around for the foreseeable future.

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