How to Set Up and Use Handwriting Input in Windows 10


Do you sometimes use other devices aside from your typical mouse when navigating your Windows 10 computer? Do you prefer using a graphics tablet with a pen, or you prefer using touch screen controls over typing or clicking? In this case, you can skip the traditional option of using a keyboard when typing. By default, one of the options available in Windows 10 is handwriting recognition, which makes a good choice if you feel more comfortable writing with a pen instead of using a keyboard.

If you prefer writing in cursive rather than tapping on keys, follow the instructions below to activate the handwriting tool on your Windows 10 PC.

Enabling the Handwriting Tool

NOTE: To do this, make sure the touch keyboard is already enabled on your computer. You will know if this function is enabled if you see an icon in your toolbar that looks like a keyboard, just the one shown below.

If you’re not seeing the icon mentioned above, you probably need to enable the function first. Proceed to the first step, otherwise skip to step 2.

STEP 1: Right-click on the taskbar, then select Show touch keyboard button from the menu that will appear.

STEP 2: Now that the touch keyboard is active, you can now proceed activating the handwriting tool by clicking on the touch keyboard on your toolbar, and the image below should appear.

STEP 3: Press the [ENG] key at the bottom-right corner of the touch keyboard, and then press the pen and paper icon on the pop up menu to activate the handwriting mode.

Using the Handwriting Mode

At this point, Windows 10 will turn the touch keyboard into an empty thin box. If you write words into this box using something similar to a mouse, digital pen, or touchscreen, it will translate what you wrote into text. To use this tool to write in software:

STEP 1: First, click on something you want to write in.

STEP 2: Next, write what you want to type into the handwriting bar.

NOTE: Windows will then show you what you’ve written in the field you have selected.

STEP 3: If you want to erase what you’ve written and start over, press the Delete arrow. If you want to submit what you wrote, such as when using a search engine, press the [Enter] key.

Making the Recognition Better

It is a fact that everyone’s handwriting is different. You may find Windows 10 struggles a little bit with recognising your personal style. If you’re having recognition issues, or you just want to feed Windows 10 more information about your handwriting to avoid any problems in the future, you can teach Windows about your style so it can better figure out what you’re writing. Here’s how:

STEP 1: Right-click the Start button, then select Control Panel.

STEP 2: Click on Language.

NOTE: If you’re on Category view, click on Clock, Language and Region first in order to get the Language selection to appear.

STEP 3: Find and click Options next to your chosen system language.

STEP 4: Click on Personalize handwriting recognition.

NOTE: This will open up the handwriting recognition wizard.

Target specific recognition errors is good if Windows is having difficulty recognising specific words and letters in your style. You can tell Windows 10 how you write a specific word or letter or help it recognise characters with similar shapes like 2, Z, and 3.

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