New Microsoft Paint accessibility features

Note from Brandon: I am publishing this on behalf of the team responsible for MSPaint. 

We know that Microsoft Paint (MSPaint) is well-loved by customers, and we’re pleased to announce new accessibility features coming with the release of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.

We’ve introduced the keyboard as a primary input mechanism. Microsoft Paint is already fully functional with mouse and multi-touch tablet input, but customers will now be able to use the app to draw with only their keyboard.

Paint canvas with instructions to use arrow keys for onscreen cursor, space bar to activate tool, and control plus arrows to scroll the canvas.

Rectangle selection on Paint canvas with instructions to hold space bar and move cursor to select parts of the canvas.

Rectangle selection with instructions to cycle through 9 control points using the tab key, cycle in counter clockwise by holding shift, and arrow keys to modify control point.

Modified rectangle selection with instructions to commit the operation by holding control and space bar keys, and to cancel the operation by pressing the escape key.

Callout shape with instructions to use the previous instructions for selection options, and to hold the space bar and move the cursor to select part of canvas.

Selected shape with instructions to use any keyboard shortcut, and that control plus space places the shape on the screen directly and escape key cancels the operation and erases the shape.

Along with full keyboard input support, we’ve made improvements to the way Paint interacts with Screen Readers, like Windows Narrator, which some users might find improves their overall experience with the app.

We look forward to hearing your feedback on these features and the app overall. Let us know what’s working and what else we can do to improve. Thank you!

Image of highway with a cactus on each side.
This image was produced during validation testing, created using only keyboard input in MSPaint.