How to Arm a Pen

Draw and write with ink in Office

Draw on a device with touch buttons with your finger, digital pen, or mouse.

The freischnuss features available depend on the type of device and the Office used.

First, choose your version of Office:

If your device is touch enabled, becomes the Draw tab is automatically activated. Otherwise, enable the File option >Options>Ribbon customize> To draw.

Write, draw, or highlight text

The new pen collection is customizable and transferable. You define the pens that you want to use and these are then available in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  1. Tap on the tab To draw on the ribbon to select it.

    In Word they are in the print layout in order to be able to draw with freehand. If the Tab Draw is grayed out so you can't select a pen, go to the View tab and select Print layout.

    In Outlook, in the message, first tap the body of the message and add a drawing area ; then you can choose a pen to draw with.

  2. Tap again to bring up the ribbon Strength and then the options colour for the pen to open. Choose your preferred size and color.

    • There are five thicknesses for the pen settings, ranging from 0.25 to 3.5 mm. Select a thickness, or change the thickness using the plus sign (wider pen) or minus sign (narrower pen).

    • There are also 16 full colors available in the menu; you can find more when you click on Additional colors tap.

    • In addition, eight effects are available: Rainbow, Galaxy, lava, ocean, Red gold, gold, silver and bronze.

  3. A pencil texture is also available:

    If you draw with the pencil texture while using a supported digital pen, you can tilt the stylus for a shading effect, just like you would with a real pencil.

  4. Start writing or drawing on the touchscreen.

    Once you've drawn an ink shape, it acts like any other shape you work with in Office. You can select the shape and then move or copy it, change its color, pivot its position, and more.

  5. To exit freehand and select your annotations to modify or move them, select on the Draw tab or drawing with touch to draw out.

Convert ink to text or shapes

Word or Excel: See Converting Ink to Shapes in Office

PowerPoint: See Convert ink to text or shapes in PowerPoint for Microsoft 365.

More features

Select any of the headings below to open the section and view the detailed instructions.

Deleting ink objects

  1. Under To draw > Tools on eraser.

    (In PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, you can choose from different sizes of erasers. Word has three eraser options. Tap the button eraser down arrow and select the eraser you want.)

  2. Use your pen or finger to drag the eraser over the ink you want to remove.

    With the segment eraser in PowerPoint, you can simply tap or drag a segment of a freehand object with your pen or finger to erase it (instead of carefully erasing the entire segment). Dragging across segments with the pen or finger is an easy way to erase multiple segments at once.

Some active pens, e.g. Such as the Surface Pen, have an eraser that you can also use to erase ink.

Select parts of a freehand drawing or written words

All apps included a Drawing tool on the Draw tab on the ribbon to switch between color mode and selection mode.

There is also a tool for freehand selection, lasso selection, or especially for selecting objects drawn with freehand. This is especially useful when you have a mix of standard and ink objects and only want to select one ink object.

Only applies to Word, PowerPoint and Excel:

If you want to select part of an ink drawing or words written in ink, use the tool Lasso selection. (This tool can only select freehand objects, not shapes, images, etc.)

  1. Tap you under> in the Record ribbon lasso choose or .

  2. Drag your pen or finger to draw a circle around the part of the drawing or word you want to select. A faded, dashed selection area will appear around it, and when you are done the part will be selected that you marked as a lasso. Then you can change the object as you wish: move it, change the color and so on.

You can use a digital pen to select an area in both Excel and PowerPoint without having to tap the selection tool on the ribbon. Use the assisted button on the digital pen to lasso ink items without switching to the ribbon. You can then move, rotate, or resize the freehand object with the pen.

Disabling automatic snapping in a desktop app

  1. Select in the menu file the entry Options , then select Extended out.

  2. Activate the section pen the check box next to Use the pen by default to select and interact with content.

This setting only applies to the app in which you create it. So you can z. B. the automatic snapping activated in Visio and in Word.

More freehand functions

If your device is touch enabled, becomes the Draw tab is automatically activated. Otherwise, enable the File option >Options>Ribbon customize> To draw.

Write, draw, or highlight text

The new pen collection is customizable and transferable. You define the pens that you want to use and these are then available in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  1. Tap on the tab To draw on the ribbon to select it.

    In Word they are in the print layout in order to be able to draw with freehand. If the Tab Draw is grayed out so you can't select a pen, go to the View tab and select Print layout.

  2. Tap again to bring up the ribbon Strength and then the options colour for the pen to open. Choose your preferred size and color.

    • There are five thicknesses for the pen settings, ranging from 0.25 to 3.5 mm. Select a thickness, or change the thickness using the plus sign (wider pen) or minus sign (narrower pen).

    • There are also 16 full colors available in the menu; you can find more when you click on Additional colors tap.

  3. A pencil texture is also available:

    If you draw with the pencil texture while using a supported digital pen, you can tilt the stylus for a shading effect, just like you would with a real pencil.

  4. Start writing or drawing on the touchscreen.

    Once you've drawn an ink shape, it acts like any other shape you work with in Office. You can select the shape and then move or copy it, change its color, pivot its position, and more.

  5. To exit freehand view and select your annotations to change or move them, select On the Draw tab choose out.

Convert ink to text or shapes

For more information, see Convert ink to text or shapes in PowerPoint for Microsoft 365.

More features

Select any of the headings below to open the section and view the detailed instructions.

Deleting ink objects

  1. Under To draw > Tools on eraser.

    (In PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, you can choose from four erasers. Tap the button eraser down arrow and select the eraser you want.)

  2. Use your pen or finger to drag the eraser over the ink you want to remove.

    With the segment eraser in PowerPoint, you can simply tap or drag a segment of a freehand object with your pen or finger to erase it (instead of carefully erasing the entire segment). Dragging across segments with the pen or finger is an easy way to erase multiple segments at once.

Some active pens, e.g. Such as the Surface Pen, have an eraser that you can also use to erase ink.

Select parts of a freehand drawing or written words

When you have finished drawing in ink, you can stop ink Use the Draw tab to move the pointer back into a standard selection tool . The selection tool can select digital freehand drawings and any other type of object.

PowerPoint and Excel also have an ink selection tool, Lasso selection, especially for selecting objects drawn with freehand. This is especially useful when you have a mix of standard and ink objects and only want to select one ink object.

Only applies to PowerPoint and Excel:

If you want to select part of an ink drawing or words written in ink, use the tool Lasso selection. (This tool can only select freehand objects, not shapes, images, etc.)

  1. In the ribbon, tap under To draw > Tools on Lasso selection.

  2. Drag your pen or finger to draw a circle around the part of the drawing or word you want to select. A faded, dashed selection area will appear around it, and when you are done the part will be selected that you marked as a lasso. Then you can change the object as you wish: move it, change the color and so on.

You can use a digital pen to select an area in both Excel and PowerPoint without having to tap the selection tool on the ribbon. Use the assisted button on the digital pen to lasso ink items without switching to the ribbon. You can then move, rotate, or resize the freehand object with the pen.

Disabling automatic snapping in a desktop app

  1. Choose You file > Options >Extended from.

  2. Activate the section pen the check box next to Use the pen by default to select and interact with content.

This setting only applies to the app in which you create it. So you can z. B. the automatic keying activated in Visio and in Word.

More freehand functions

Function name

description

Please refer

Freehand editor

Use Windows touch or a digital pen to edit documents

Edit your document using natural gestures

Freehand in shape

Converting an ink drawing into an Office graphic form

Converting Ink to Shapes

Freehand in equation

Use touch or a digital pen to write a complex math formula and then convert it to text.