Convert ink to shapes or text in PowerPoint for Office 365

 

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

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

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This is a subscriber-only feature This feature is available to Office 365 Subscribers only.

There are two similar ways to replace your ink:

Replace drawn ink by using Ink to Text or Ink to Shape

  1. Draw or write in digital ink.

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

    The Ink to Text and Ink to Shape conversion buttons on the Draw tab
  3. 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 wording 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, including a return to your original ink strokes.

Requirements for Ink to Text/Ink to Shape

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

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
 Semi-annual channels: Not available yet
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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 channels: Not available yet
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Operating system:

Windows 10, version 1511
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