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. To get started, first select your preferred drawing mode.


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

  2. Next, do any of the following:

    • Turn on the Draw with Touch option to enable drawing with your finger. If this option is turned off, moving your finger across the screen will pan content on the current page in or out of view instead of drawing on the screen.

    • 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. 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.


This feature is currently not available when using Microsoft OneNote on iPhone.

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