Select a drawing mode in Microsoft OneNote

When you use Microsoft OneNote on your iPad, you can use your finger or a compatible stylus to handwrite or draw notes. Select your preferred drawing mode to get started.


  1. On the Draw tab, tap the Drawing Mode icon at the far right of the ribbon.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • To enable drawing with your finger, turn on the Draw with Touch option. If this option is turned off, moving your finger across the screen will move the position of the page content into view.

    • To enable drawing or handwriting notes with Pencil, a OneNote-compatible stylus (sold separately), tap Pencil by FiftyThree. For more information, see Use Pencil by FiftyThree with Microsoft OneNote to pair and use this device with OneNote.

    • To enable drawing or handwriting notes with any other type of stylus, such as Apple Pencil, tap Other Stylus, and then select how you typically hold a stylus to draw.

  3. On the Draw tab, tap the pen, color, and thickness you want, and then use your finger or stylus to draw on the page in OneNote. To switch back to text mode at any time, tap Text Mode on the Draw tab, and then tap the screen to display the on-screen keyboard.

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