Redesigned Microsoft Paint Heads to Public Testing

Posted on September 29, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 11 with 19 Comments

Microsoft revealed last night that its redesigned Paint application for Windows 11 is now heading to Insiders in the Dev channel.

“The redesigned Paint app for Windows 11 is a modern spin on the classic app,” Microsoft said of the release, alluding to the fact that it’s the same app as before with no new features. “You will notice a completely updated UI that matches the new visual design of Windows 11. Paint’s new design includes rounded corners, Mica [an opaque background effect], and more.”

Microsoft notes that the Paint toolbar has been “newly simplified” with updated icons, a rounded color palette, and a new set of drop-down menus for brushes, stroke size, flip/rotate controls, and other tools. There is also an updated Text tool.

Long story short, it’s pretty but not really new. For new features in existing apps, we have to turn to Clock, which is getting a new Focus feature in Windows 11, and Photos, which has slightly more substantive improvements while still being essentially the same app as before.

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19 responses to “Redesigned Microsoft Paint Heads to Public Testing”

  1. spiderman2

    so much wasted space on top, look how much height the header take... and people complained about UWP UI? LOL

    • Daniel Blois

      The problem is Microsoft seems to think something either needs to be a desktop UI or a Tablet UI (which in Windows 11 they favor the latter). Instead of when in desktop mode, display the desktop UI and when in Tablet Mode display the tablet UI

  2. brettscoast

    Any improvement to paint in Windows 10/11 is welcome. Any idea on when this will be made more broadly available to consumers?

  3. erichk

    I think it's TOTALLY AWESOME and anyone who disagrees is TWO BEERS SHORT OF A SIX-PACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. jdawgnoonan

    I am just kind of surprised that rounded corners and a different background color takes any effort at all. I would think that all core Windows apps would just inherit that from the OS.

  5. mattbg

    I'm not a connoisseur of Paint, but to me this looks like the old Paint with some more space between buttons...?

  6. tonchek

    Yes, but is it removable?

  7. spacein_vader

    "newly simplified". I'd love to know how they managed to find a focus group that told them Paint of all things was too complicated.

    Maybe they'll go full Apple and get rid of the 2nd mouse button to simplify that too.

  8. wright_is

    I see one extra icon in the Image section, other than that, it looks identical, just round colours and b&w shapes and wavey lines.

    Wait... "Start" is missing. I have File, Start and View on my Paint in W10.

    • anoldamigauser

      I show File, Home and View on Paint. Perhaps, they are just not displaying the name of the selected tab, so if one chose View, the tab list would be File and Home/Start.

      • wright_is

        That is confusing.

        • anoldamigauser

          Yes, but if you think about it, so is "Home". It should really be Edit or Draw since that is what its tools do. They did remove "Edit with Paint 3D".

          • wright_is

            True, but I constantly glance at the top to see if I am in the right section (I know which section an action is in, but there are so many other actions, I usually double check the section, before searching for the option), in Word, Outlook, Excel etc. If they start hiding where you are, it is going to make orientation harder.

      • wright_is

        Home is correct, I use German and Home is called Start, I didn’t realise it wasn’t called start in English.

  9. waethorn

    Microsoft is out of the Groove now.

  10. boltie

    Can you hide the ribbon/menu like you can in the older version? There doesn't appear to be a button to do in the top right.