Microsoft Paint in Windows 11, what’s new?

Published: 21 June 2024


Windows 11, the latest operating system from Microsoft comes with a host of exciting features and improvements that enhance the user experience. One notable update is the new and improved Microsoft Paint application.

What’s new in Microsoft Paint?

Microsoft has completely redesigned the interface to provide a more streamlined and visually appealing experience. The new design embraces the Fluent Design System, incorporating smooth transitions, subtle animations, and a clean layout that makes it easy to navigate.

But it’s not just about the looks—the functionality of Paint has also been significantly enhanced.

  • Introduction of layers

One of the standout features is the introduction of layers. Yes, you read that right—layers in Paint! Layers allow you to work on different elements of your composition independently, making it easier to add, remove, or modify specific parts without affecting the rest of the image – a new world of possibilities for users who want to create more complex and professional-looking artwork.

  • Brush and drawing tools

The brush and drawing tools have also undergone a major upgrade. Windows 11’s new Paint application offers a wide range of brushes, including customisable options that let you adjust the size, opacity, and texture to suit your artistic vision. The improved drawing tools provide better precision and control, enabling you to create more detailed and refined artwork.

  • Integration

Furthermore, the new Paint application in Windows 11 seamlessly integrates with other Microsoft tools and services. You can easily share your artwork directly from the app to social media platforms, OneDrive, or other cloud storage services.

Additionally, the integration with the Windows Ink Workspace makes it a fantastic tool for those who prefer using a stylus or touchscreen. The natural pen input combined with the enhanced drawing tools provides an immersive digital drawing experience.

Locating the Paint application

1. Click on the Start button located at the centre of the taskbar or press the Windows key on your keyboard.

2. The Start menu will appear. On the left side of the menu, you will see a list of commonly used apps and shortcuts.

3. Scroll down until you find the Windows Accessories folder. Click on it to expand the folder.

4. Within the Windows Accessories folder, you should see the Paint application listed. Click on it to launch the Paint program.

You can also use the search function in Windows 11 here’s how:

1. Click on the Start button or press the Windows key on your keyboard to open the Start menu.

2. On the left side of the Start menu, you will see a search bar labelled “Search.” Click on it or press the Windows key + S to open the search bar.

3. Type “Paint” in the search bar. As you type, Windows will start displaying search results.

4. Look for the “Paint” app in the search results and click on it to open the Paint program.

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