Microsoft Paint and Snipping Tool Will Both Be Updated in the Store

Posted on April 7, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 21 Comments

Following this morning’s rumors about Paint heading to the Store, Microsoft confirmed that news and will also update Snipping Tool that way.

News about the changes came as part of a blog post about a mostly innocuous Windows 10 Insider Preview build for some reason. That build has little in the new way of truly new features, but Microsoft is letting users personalize the news and interests pop-up it’s adding to the taskbar, and it is updating the Display and Camera pages in Setting as well.

As far as Paint and Snipping Tool go, both will continue to be offered in Windows 10, but both will be serviced through the Microsoft Store going forward. Paint is getting a new icon that’s more consistent with the current icon look and feel in Windows 10 (where today it still has the old glass look from Windows Vista). As with Notepad, the Paint shortcut will now be available directly in the top level of the Start menu and will no longer be buried in a folder.

And Snipping Tool is finally replacing Snip & Sketch, and will be updated in the Store, though it’s not getting a new icon.

Microsoft previously noted that it would change the name of the Windows Administrative Tools folder in Start to Windows Tools. Now, it is removing the Windows Accessories, Windows Administrative Tools, Windows PowerShell, and Windows System folders from Start and putting all the respective tools into a new Windows Tools “entry point.” I believe this will no longer be a folder as Microsoft notes instead that it will “direct to the full apps list in File Explorer.”

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