Microsoft adds ‘background removal’ tool in Paint app

Microsoft has introduced an exciting feature in the Paint app, making it easier to remove backgrounds from your images. This update, similar to Photoshop’s functionality, allows you to quickly eliminate the background of any image with just one click.

Microsoft has been diligently updating the Windows Paint app in recent months, including the addition of a dark mode in the last update.

How It Works: Background Removal in Paint

With the background removal tool, you can effortlessly eliminate the background from any image in one click, leaving a clean cutout of the subject. It can identify the subject across the entire canvas or from a specific selection made with the selection tool.

  1. Paste or import your image onto the canvas.
  2. Click the new “remove background” button in the toolbar.
  3. Watch as the background disappears from your entire image.
  4. Alternatively, use the rectangle select tool to specify which area you want to remove the background from.


The background removal feature in Paint (version 11.2306.30.0) app is now rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels, and is expected to roll out for the stable channel in the coming weeks.

Announcing the update, Dave Grochocki, Principal Program Manager Lead – Windows Inbox Apps, said:

We are excited to announce that an update for the Paint app is now being released to Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels. This update introduces a new feature – background removal. With just a single click, you can automatically remove the background from any image, leaving a smooth cutout of the subject.

Please be aware that an earlier version of this update (version 11.2306.28.0) was released earlier today and it contains a bug where a confidentiality banner is displayed. However, we have addressed this issue in the latest update (version 11.2306.30.0). We appreciate your understanding and patience.