Microsoft revives once-dead Paint with new keyboard controls and accessibility enhancements

Home windows 10’s once-doomed Microsoft Paint hasn’t solely been given a reprieve, it’s additionally apparently been given a brand new lease on life. The fan favourite software program, beforehand labeled as “deprecated” and all however chucked into the trash bin by Microsoft, is gaining some new capabilities within the Home windows 10 Could 2019 Replace, the corporate revealed this week.

“We’ve launched the keyboard as a main enter mechanism,” Microsoft’s Brandon Leblanc wrote on the Home windows Insider weblog. “Microsoft Paint is already totally purposeful with mouse and multi-touch pill enter, however clients will now be capable of use the app and draw with solely their keyboard.” The enhancements all you to maneuver the cursor along with your keyboard arrows, activate instruments with the area bar, and extra.

Microsoft is positioning the enhancements as an accessibility improve. Paint can even behave higher with display screen readers like Home windows Narrator after the Could 2019 Replace lands, LeBlanc says.


A few of Microsoft Paint’s new keyboard controls.

Experiences of Paint’s dying had been significantly exaggerated, it appears, and that’s very welcome information certainly. Microsoft Paint could also be a vestigial holdover from the Home windows working methods of yesteryear, however I nonetheless use the easy, simple software extra days than not. Positive, the Paint 3D app launched a pair years again is cool and all, however it merely isn’t the identical factor.

“Paint 3D’s whole goal is to create enjoyable, cartoony 3D objects and scenes, and share them,” we wrote on the new app’s launch—a really totally different operate than the no-nonsense picture enhancing that the basic Paint supplies. As we stated whereas protesting Microsoft’s authentic Paint abandonment plans, “Paint serves as a quick-and-dirty utility for resizing photographs, doodling a fast image, or hacking collectively a fast composite or mosaic of digital artwork.” It’s the form of table-stakes software program {that a} well-rounded working system wants.

Props to Microsoft for coming to its collective senses, and for making this iconic software program work nicely for much more folks. Search for the brand new keyboard controls and display screen reader enhancements to seem within the Home windows 10 Could 2019 Replace later this month, and lengthy reside Paint!

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