Draw and annotate with ink on mobile devices

You can make notes, highlight portions of your text, quickly create shapes, or write math equations by using the Draw tab on your mobile device.

Important: This feature is only available if you have an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office.

Draw and annotate with ink on an iPad or Android tablet

Here's how to start annotating with ink on an iPad or Android tablet:

  1. Select the Draw tab on the ribbon.

    Shows the Draw tab in PowerPoint for iPad

  2. Select the ink style you want from the options—there's a pen, a highlighter, and an eraser. You can customize your inking style by doing any of the following:

    • Choose the More Colors icon Shows the "more colors" icon in Office 2016 for iPad to customize your ink color. A color wheel tool will open, and you can slide between colors and shades until you find exactly what you're looking for.

      Shows the color wheel for more color options in the Draw tab in Office 2016 for iPad
    • Change the thickness of your pen by selecting the plus sign or minus sign on either end of the sample thickness indicator. The plus sign will make your pen thicker, and the minus sign will make it thinner. Shows the pen thickness control in Office 2016 for iPad

  3. Once you've selected your ink options, draw, highlight, or make notes anywhere in your file.

  4. To erase any ink annotations, select the Eraser pen option and choose the eraser size that best suits your needs.

  5. To select any of your annotations, either to modify or move them, choose Select Objects.

  6. To enable inking only with a pen or stylus and not with touch, turn the Draw with Touch toggle to Off. To re-enable inking with touch, turn the toggle back to On.

    Shows the Draw with Touch toggle in Office 2016 for iPad

Draw and annotate with ink on an iPhone or Android Phone

Here's how to start annotating with ink on an iPhone or Android phone:

  1. On your phone, tap Edit Edit icon at the top of your screen.

  2. Tap Home > Draw.

    Shows the Draw tab selected in Word for iPhone

  3. To start drawing, tap Pen Shows the Pen button in the Draw tab in Word for iPhone. .

    To start highlighting, tap Highlighter Shows the Highlighter button in the Draw tab of Word for iPhone .

  4. Select the ink options you want. To change the color, tap Color Shows the Color button in the Draw tab of Word for iPhone. and pick the color you want.

    To change the thickness of your pen, tap Thickness Shows the Thickness button in the Draw tab of Word for iPhone. .

  5. To erase, tap Stroke Eraser Shows the Stroke Eraser icon in Word for iPhone. .

    To stop inking, tap Select Objects Shows the Select Objects button in the Draw tab of Word for iPhone. .

Convert your ink drawings to shapes in PowerPoint on an Android device

Each of the following drawn shapes can be converted to a uniform Office graphic shape when you use the Convert to Shapes option:

  • circle or ellipse

  • rectangle, square, parallelogram, trapezoid, or irregular quadrilateral

  • hexagon or pentagon

  • triangle (right, equilateral, isosceles, or irregular)

  • arrow (singled-headed, double-headed, or block)

  • connector between two shapes

To convert an ink shape to an Office shape
  1. On the Draw tab, tap Convert to Shapes.

  2. Draw the shape of your choice. It'll be automatically converted to the equivalent Office graphic shape.

  3. To continue inking but stop having your drawings automatically converted to shapes, tap Convert to Shapes once again.

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