Microsoft rolls out Paint app for Windows 11 Insiders with Dark Mode and Zoom Controls
Microsoft has added support for Dark Mode in the Paint app for Windows 11 Insiders. Let's take a closer look at it.
Microsoft Paint gets Dark Mode
The new mode is not a pure black theme per se, it is sort of a high contrast theme similar to the one that File Explorer has.
The Dark Mode makes it easier on the eyes to view the various tools that are available at the top of the image editor's interface. The menus in the app also support the dark theme, as do the brush and palette selection views. The canvas is of course white, but it looks a lot brighter than usual when you enable dark mode in the app.
To enable the Dark Theme in Paint, head to the new Settings section in Paint by clicking on the button in the top right corner. The Settings page only has one section for now, and it lets you set the theme. You may choose between the light theme and the dark theme, or set the app to follow the system's settings automatically.
The Image Property dialog in the new version of the Paint app matches the Windows 11 design standards. The Redmond company says that it has improved access key and keyboard shortcuts in the app for accessibility, you can view them by pressing the Alt key on your keyboard.
Zoom Controls in Microsoft Paint
There are 2 new buttons on Microsoft Paint's status bar. The first one allows you to fit the image to the screen, this is not the full screen view that you can trigger with F11. The other option that has been added to the app is a drop-down menu that you can use to select the zoom level in the app, it goes from as low as 12.5% and all the way up to 800%. It is functionally similar to the zoom slider that is right next to it, but the menu has various presets that you may find handy if you want to set a zoom level quickly. Microsoft has also changed the Zoom in and Zoom out icons on either side of the slider, they are no longer just a plus and minus symbols, the new icons have a magnifying glass with the symbols inside them.
Want to try Dark Mode in the Paint app? It is available in version 11.2304.17.0. You may update to it from the Microsoft Store, or sideload it by downloading the fast channel version from https://store.rg-adguard.net/. The app's product ID is 9PCFS5B6T72H. If you wish to roll back to the stable version, you will need to download and install 11.2302.18.0 from the retail channel.
On a side note, Microsoft has released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23471 to the Dev Channel. It brings an option to Add Phone Photos to File Explorer's Gallery. The new button is available on the Command bar, clicking on which will display a QR code that you may scan with your phone's camera to start the import process. The new version of Windows 11 also adds the ability to tear tabs (drag out) from File Explorer and to merge tabs to a window.