Using Additional Ink Features on the Tablet PC

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If you are running Word on a Tablet PC, you will find additional "ink" features that permit you to integrate handwriting more thoroughly into your day-to-day work.

NOTE

A Tablet PC is a computer running Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. On a Tablet PC, "ink" refers to the writing or drawing strokes you make with a tablet pen (or, if you prefer, a mouse).


For example, you can

  • Write or draw anywhere in a document?not just in text boxes?and then work with your text or drawing as you would work with any other graphic.

  • Use a separate Ink Annotations layer to mark up an existing document by hand without changing the underlying document itself.

You can also use your tablet pen to make handwritten comments using Word's Ink Comment feature, and review them in the Reviewing Pane alongside other comments and revisions. This feature is also available to users who connect an add-on graphics tablet to an ordinary Windows XP or Windows 2000 computer.

For more information about formatting Word drawings, see "Inserting Ink Comments," p. 882.


Writing in Your Document Using a Tablet PC

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If you are running Word on a Tablet PC, you can start writing ink in your document by following these steps:

  1. Using your tablet pen, tap where you want to write.

  2. Click the Ink button on the Standard toolbar, and choose Ink Drawing and Writing. The Ink Drawing and Writing toolbar appears, displaying tools for changing line color or thickness, erasing ink, selecting an object, and stopping inking in order to return to keyboard entry. A transparent Writing Canvas also appears.

  3. Begin writing inside the Writing Canvas. When you're finished, tap Stop Inking on the Ink Drawing and Writing Toolbar.

TIP

If the Writing Canvas is too large for your needs, you can shrink it like this:

  1. Tap inside the Writing Canvas.

  2. Tap Stop Inking.

  3. Tap the Fit button on the Ink Drawing and Writing toolbar.

  4. Tap outside the Ink canvas.


Using Word's Ink Annotations Layer on a Tablet PC

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Often, you will want to mark up a document just as you would if it were printed on paper. After you've done so, you or a colleague can respond to this markup later, by making appropriate editing changes to the corresponding content. For this purpose, Word (running on a Tablet PC) provides a separate Ink Annotations layer that can be superimposed on your text.

To work with the Ink Annotations layer, first switch to Print Layout view; otherwise, your Ink Annotations may not appear exactly where you expect them to. (You can also use Reading Layout view, but you must choose the Actual Page option.)

After you've changed to an appropriate view, follow these steps:

  1. Using your tablet pen, tap where you want to write.

  2. Click the Ink button on the Standard toolbar, and choose Ink Annotations. The Ink Annotations toolbar appears, displaying tools for changing line color or thickness, erasing ink, displaying or hiding ink markup, and stopping inking in order to return to keyboard entry.

  3. Begin writing anywhere in the editing window. When you're finished, tap Stop Inking on the Ink Annotations Toolbar.

To show or hide the Ink Annotation layer and all the annotations on it, click Markup on the Ink Annotation toolbar. Hiding Ink Annotations does not hide other inking you may have entered into your document.

CAUTION

Ink Annotations remain in the same location on your page regardless of how you edit text in your document. Accordingly, if you move text, the Ink Annotations will no longer line up correctly with that text.




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