Change handwritten ink to shapes, text, or math in PowerPoint for Office 365

Go from free-form ink to Office shapes, text, or a mathematical expression in a couple of strokes.

You can also scribble the title of a slide with your pen. When you do this, PowerPoint automatically offers to convert the ink to standard text.

Animated demonstration of converting ink to text

This is a subscriber-only feature These features are available to Office 365 Subscribers on Windows and iOS.

The Ink to Math feature is only available to Office 365 subscribers on Windows right now.

There are two similar ways to replace your ink:

Replace drawn ink by using an Ink conversion option

  1. Draw or write in digital ink.

  2. On the Draw tab, choose Ink to Text, Ink to Shape, or Ink to Math.

    The Ink conversion buttons on the Draw tab
  3. Click an drag to enclose the ink drawing you want to convert.

    The ink is converted as you've specified, and a Convert Your Ink button Ink to Shape shows this button next to an ink drawing that can can be converted pops up to give you more options (shape or text variations).

  4. Select the button to see the options:

    Select the button to see the replacement choices.
  5. Tap the object you want.

    The object changes, but remains selected. The button for replacement choices appears again:

    The replacement options include the choice to revert to the original ink drawing

  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you've settled on the format that you want.

Select some ink and choose the kind of conversion you want

  1. Draw or write in digital ink.

  2. Select the ink by tapping or by using Lasso Select The Lasso Select button on the Draw tab in PowerPoint .

    The Convert Your Ink button Ink to Shape shows this button next to an ink drawing that can can be converted pops up.

  3. Select the kind of conversion you want. As you point at each conversion option, the selected object gives you a preview of how it would look. Tap to choose the one you want.

    Convert Your Ink shows which kind of object it can attempt to convert the selected object to.
  4. Tap the Convert Your Ink button Ink to Shape shows this button next to an ink drawing that can can be converted to see other conversion options—one of which is to revert to your original ink strokes.

Requirements for the Ink Conversion options

To use these conversion features, you must turn on Office intelligent services:

Open any Office 365 desktop application on Windows, go to File > Options and select the General tab on the Navigation pane to the left. Scroll down a bit and you'll see the Office intelligent services section where you can enable, or disable, Intelligent Services.

The Office Options dialog, on the General tab, with the Intelligent Services section highlighted

For Ink-to-Text conversions, right-to-left languages are not currently supported. 

See Languages supported for ink-to-text conversion for a complete list of supported languages.

Task, checklist, planning symbol

This is a subscriber-only, Office 365 feature.

Write a title with your pen
Applies to:

PowerPoint for Office 365
 Monthly Channels: Version 1806 or later
 Semi-annual channel (Targeted): Version 1808 or later
 Semi-annual channel: Version 1808 or later
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Convert ink to text or shapes in the body of a slide
Applies to:

PowerPoint for Office 365
 Monthly Channel: Version 1804
 Semi-annual channel (Targeted): Version 1808 or later
 Semi-annual channel:Version 1808 or later
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PowerPoint for iOS Version 2.19  

Convert ink to math in the body of a slide
Applies to:

PowerPoint for Office 365
 Monthly Channel: Version 1901 or later
 Semi-annual channel (Targeted): Not available yet
 Semi-annual channel: Not available yet
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Operating system:

Windows 10, version 1511
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