Take notes in your own handwriting

On any touch-capable computer, you can use OneNote 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.

To handwrite notes, do the following:

  1. On the ribbon, click the Draw tab.

  2. In the Tools group, click any of the color pens or highlighters, and then use your computer’s stylus to write notes on the screen.

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

Convert handwriting to text

OneNote includes a handy conversion tool that lets you change handwritten text to typed text. This is useful if you want to share your handwritten notes in a more legible format with other people.

To convert handwriting to text, do the following:

  1. On the Draw tab, click the Type button.

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

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

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Applies To: OneNote 2013



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