Take handwritten notes in OneNote 2016 for Windows

If your computer has a touch screen, you can use OneNote 2016 to handwrite notes instead of typing them. This is useful if you can write better or faster than you can type, and it’s great for meetings or interviews where the sound of typing away on a keyboard might be considered inappropriate. It's also a great way to annotate notes and screenshots or add illustrations to OneNote.

To handwrite notes, do the following:

  1. On the ribbon, choose the Draw tab.

  2. In the Tools group, choose a pen or highlighter, and then write notes on the screen.

  3. To stop drawing, click the Type button on the Draw tab.

Note: Visual note-takers may enjoy drawing and sketching notes on a page.

Convert handwriting to text

OneNote includes a handy conversion tool so you can change handwritten text into typed text.

To convert handwriting to text, do the following:

  1. On the Draw tab, choose the Lasso Select button.

  2. On the page, drag a selection over the handwriting you want to convert.

  3. On the Draw tab, choose Ink to Text.

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