Microsoft is testing the Windo...


Microsoft is testing the Windows Ink update, which allows you to write anywhere you can type

Windows Ink update
The Silicon Review
15 June, 2023

Microsoft is testing a new version of Windows Ink that includes handwriting capability similar to that found on iPads and other tablets.

Microsoft is releasing a new Windows 11 preview release in the Dev Channel for Insiders, which includes a new feature that allows handwriting entries directly into fields throughout the OS. Previously, handwriting-to-text conversion was mostly limited to certain software, like as OneNote, or a particular handwritten text recognition box.

The new Ink feature also offers better handwriting text detection and a scratch-out gesture capability to help users correct a mistake. While Microsoft has only enabled this capability for English in the United States, more languages are on the way. To see if it's available, navigate to Settings > Bluetooth and devices > Pen and Windows Ink, which is located under "Shell Handwriting."

Patch Tuesday this week brought KB5027231 to everyone who isn't in a preview channel, which includes refinements like improved widget board layouts, Bluetooth LE, clever 2FA code recognition in alerts, USB4 settings, and animated taskbar weather icons. Although you can write inside fields, some 365 programs, such as Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, do not allow you to convert handwriting to text.