Draw and annotate with ink in OneNote for Mac

While Macs don’t have a touchscreen, you can use your mouse or trackpad with OneNote for Mac to write notes, highlight portions of text, or draw shapes anywhere on a page.

Do the following:

  1. On the ribbon, click the Draw tab.

  2. Select the drawing tool you want to use. There’s a Pen, a Marker, and a Highlighter.

  3. After you’ve chosen your preferred drawing tool, customize your drawing style by doing any of the following:

    • Select a basic drawing color by clicking one of the four color dots

    • Select a custom color by clicking the arrow next to the Ink Color button and choosing the exact color you want to use. After selecting a custom color, clicking the Ink Color button will apply that color to any other ink strokes you have selected. To change your custom color selection, click the arrow next to the button again.

    • Select the stroke thickness for your selected drawing tool by clicking one of the wavy line samples. You can make a new selection at any time to begin drawing with a different stroke thickness.

  4. To erase any parts of a drawing, click the arrow to the right of the Eraser tool, choose the eraser size that you want, and then draw over the ink strokes that you want to erase.

  5. To select any parts of a drawing, either to modify or move them, click the Lasso Select button, drag a selection around the ink strokes you want, and then Control-click the selection for more options.

  6. To stop drawing at any time, click the Text Mode button.

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