A new Windows Ink feature is being tested by Microsoft that will let you write on any text field with a pen or touch input. The feature is in preview and is available in the latest Windows Insider Preview build 23481.
With the new feature, you can write on any text field, such as a search box, a web form, or an email, and your handwriting will be automatically converted to typed text. You can also edit your handwriting by crossing out words, inserting spaces, or adding punctuation marks.
The feature uses Microsoft's cloud-based handwriting recognition service, which can recognize more than 100 languages and dialects. The feature also works offline, but with less accuracy and language support.
This tool is one of the features that Microsoft is working on to improve the Windows Ink experience. Windows Ink is a set of features that lets you draw, sketch, annotate, and write on your devices using a pen or touch input.
Building the Abilities of Windows Ink
Microsoft says that the feature will be available to all Windows 11 and Windows 10 users in the future. Users who want to try it out now can join the Windows Insider Program and download the latest preview build from the Settings app.
Windows Ink is a technology that enables users to write or draw on a Windows device using a stylus or touch input. Windows Ink Workspace is a central hub that offers access to apps such as Sticky Notes, Sketchpad, Screen Sketch, and Whiteboard. These apps allow users to create notes, sketches, annotations, and collaborations with their pen. Users can also use the Snipping Tool from the Workspace to capture screenshots and edit them with their pen.
Windows Ink also integrates with many Microsoft 365 apps and Microsoft Store apps. Users can use their pen to perform tasks such as editing text in Word, solving math problems in OneNote, or presenting slides in PowerPoint. Users can also find many apps that support Windows Ink in the Microsoft Store, such as Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk SketchBook, and Minecraft.
To use Windows Ink, users need a newer touchscreen device running the latest version of Windows 10. They also need to enable the feature in the settings. They can access Windows Ink from the Taskbar on the right side or from the Lock screen.