Back in August, long before Windows 11 was out publicly, Microsoft had teased the Paint app for Windows 11 and showed off the dark theme for Paint. However, it's been four months since then and Insiders are yet to receive the dark theme on Paint, even though it was reiterated again in September that the feature would be arriving in future updates.
However, if you can't wait any longer, you can try this method of installing the Dark themed Paint on Windows 11 created by the developer Ahmed Walid on Twitter.
The image above is a simple demonstration of the app which shows that the Dark-themed Paint has been named "Dark Paint" with a version number following it. This is on top of a piece of canvas with Ahmed Walid written with a pencil.
The next image (below) shows the redesigned Edit Colors window open inside this Dark Paint.
While Walid has shared the XBF files for this Dark Paint project, Twitter user FireCube has packaged and bundled it alongside other necessary files to make the installation process easier for those who want to try it out. The necessary files are present at the source links below.
The steps have been provided below:
- Extract zip + enable dev mode + uninstall paint
- Add-AppxPackage -Register .\AppxManifest.xml
However, bear in mind that it will only work for Windows 11 Insiders on the Dev channel. Also, this is a third-party hack and thus those interested should proceed with caution.