Third-Party Developer Brings Dark Mode to Microsoft Paint on Windows 11

Back in August, long before Windows 11 was released to the public, Microsoft teased the Paint app for Windows 11 and introduced Paint’s dark theme. However, it has been four months since then and insiders have yet to receive the dark theme on Paint, although it was reiterated in September that the feature would arrive in future updates.

However, if you can’t wait any longer, you can try this method of installing Dark Theme Paint on Windows 11 created by developer Ahmed Walid on Twitter.

The image above is a simple demo of the app which shows that the dark themed paint has been named “Dark Paint” with a version number following it. It’s on top of a piece of canvas with Ahmed Walid written with a pencil.

The following image (below) shows the redesigned color editor window open inside this dark painting.

Dark mode on Windows 11 Paint by a third-party developer

While Walid shared the XBF files for this Dark Paint project, Twitter user FireCube packed and bundled it with other files needed to make the installation process easier for those who want to try it out. The necessary files are present in the source links below.

The steps have been provided below:

  1. Extract the zip + activate dev mode + uninstall paint
  2. Add-AppxPackage -Register. AppxManifest.xml

However, keep in mind that this will only work for Windows 11 Insiders on the Dev channel. Also, this is a third party hack and so interested parties should proceed with caution.

Source and images: @ AhmedWalid605 (Twitter) via FireCube (Twitter)

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