This image was produced during validation testing, created using only keyboard input in Paint. Source: Microsoft

Microsoft is adding new accessibility features for Microsoft Paint in the May 2019 update for Windows 10. The keyboard now becomes a primary input mechanism.

Users have always been able to use the mouse and multi-touch tablet input, but now Microsft is adding the option of using the keyboard for drawing as well.

Microsoft has also updated the way Microsoft Paint interacts with screen readers such as Windows Narrator so those who use Narrator can get more out of the Paint experience.

It wasn’t long ago Microsoft had made public plans to remove Paint from Windows 10. However, due to public backlash from long-time Windows users, Microsoft decided against it. Now for the first time, we are seeing Microsoft add some new features to help update the app and make it competitive in today’s environment.

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