Microsoft Paint’s new dark mode is now available to all Windows 11 users. It was first released to Windows Insiders in June 2023, and it has been gradually rolling out to everyone else since then.
New Microsoft Paint also brings enhanced zoom controls to fine-tune zoom with custom values
The new dark mode applies a dark theme to the user interface in Microsoft Paint including the menus, toolbars, and dialog boxes. The canvas itself remains white, but the text and tools turn dark, making it easier to see and use the app in low-light conditions.
Here is how to enable dark mode in the new Microsoft Paint
- Open the app and click the gear icon in the top-right corner.
- Select “App theme” and choose “Dark“. You can also choose to have the app automatically match the system theme.
There are some of the benefits of using dark mode in the Microsoft Paint app:
- It can be easier on the eyes, especially in low-light conditions: When you’re working in a dark environment, a bright white background can be harsh on your eyes. Dark mode can help to reduce eye strain and fatigue.
- It can improve the visibility of the text and other elements in the app: In dark mode, the text and other elements in the app are easier to see against the dark background. This can be especially helpful if you have difficulty seeing in low light.
- It can create a more relaxing and focused environment for working: Dark mode can help to create a more calming and relaxing atmosphere, which can be beneficial for productivity.
- It can be more aesthetically pleasing to some people: Some people simply prefer the look of dark mode over light mode.
All the new features in the updated Microsoft Paint
- Enhanced zoom controls: Users can now zoom in and out of the canvas with more precision, and there is also a new “fit to screen” option.
- Improved keyboard shortcut support: There are now more keyboard shortcuts available for everyday tasks, such as saving, opening, and closing files.
- Accessibility enhancements: The app has been updated to make it more accessible to people with disabilities.
To get the new dark mode and other features, make sure to update the Paint app to the latest version. Also, it is important to note that Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc pointed out, this is a phased rollout, meaning not everyone running Windows 11 will immediately see it on the Paint app.
Assuming by stable you mean retail/non-Insider – it's rolling out but not yet available to everyone yet so your VM isn't being weird, just not lucky enough yet to get it.
— Brandon LeBlanc (@brandonleblanc) August 15, 2023