Learn how to use Ink in the Windows 10 OS.
- [Speaker] When Microsoft first introduced the Surface pen and the concept of inking many years ago, the feature wasn't widely supported in the Windows operating system. Over time though, inking has had a change to mature and now it can be used in a wide variety of areas throughout Windows and Office. So, in this video, I just want to take a look at a very small sampling of some of the areas in which you can use inking. Now, one of the nice things that Microsoft has done with Windows, is that you can use inking to populate any text field. So, let me show you what I mean.
Right now we're looking at a default Windows 10 desktop, and in the lower left corner you can see the Cortana interface. Normally you would expect to type text into Cortana, but we can use inking to add text to Cortana instead. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take the Surface pen and I'm going to tap in Cortana a few times, and when I do, I'm presented with a box that allows me to enter handwritten text using the Surface pen. So I'm just going to write my first name so that you can see how this works. What you'll see, is that as I write my name, the characters that I write will be converted to typewritten text and added to Cortana.
So let's go ahead and do that. Okay, so I've written my name and you can see that now it's been converted to typewritten text, and if I close this out, we can see in the lower left corner of the screen that the characters that I wrote by hand now appear in Cortana. So let me go ahead and close out of that. And the next thing that I want to show you is how inking is supported in the Edge browser. Now there's an entirely separate video on this where you can see this in more detail, but since we're talking about inking I just had to show you this. So here's the Edge browser, and there's an icon up in the tool bar, which you can see right here, and the icon is labeled add notes.
And if I click on this icon, there's a toolbar that opens and exposes a number of different inking functions. And I can take my Surface pen and I can doodle all over a webpage. So that's just a sampling of what you can do in the Edge browser. Let me go ahead and close this. Now, as previously mentioned, another area where Microsoft has given us rich inking support is in Microsoft Office. Inking is very widely supported in Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote. So let's just take a quick look at Word. I'll go ahead and open up Word.
So here's Word, and I'm just going to create a new document. I'll click on blank document, and without having to do anything special at all, I can just take my Surface pen and start writing inside of this document. And as I do that you can see that I can very easily add handwritten text to a Word document without having to do anything special. And we can blend handwritten text with typed text and create this very rich experience in Microsoft Word and some of the other Office applications. So let's go ahead and close this out.
And the very best new feature that Microsoft has given us in Windows 10 with regard to inking, is something called Sticky Notes. So let's take a look at what Sticky Notes are and how they work. I'm going to launch the Sticky Notes app by clicking on the start button, and I'll click on Sticky Notes. Now on the Surface this doesn't appear to be anything special. You can see a cursor where I can type a note to myself and I can drag this to an alternate location on the desktop. But there's two things that aren't readily apparent about the Sticky Notes. One is that it supports the Surface pen.
Two is that these Sticky Notes are intelligent. They can actually interpret what it is that you're trying to write. So I'll show you a couple of examples of that. Before I do, there's one setting that has to be enabled. So you can see that we have a settings icon right here. And we have an option to enable insights. So in order for what I'm about to show you to work, insights have to be enabled. So, as previously mentioned, Sticky Notes are able to interpret what you write and give you intelligent information based on your note. So, what happens if we write a flight number? I'm going to write AA679 for American Airlines flight 679.
Now you'll notice that shortly after I write this, the text turns blue. This indicates that Sticky Notes recognizes that I typed something, and it can provide additional meaning. So what I have to do now is tap on the Sticky Note with my finger, and when I do that we can see that it provides me with information about American Airlines flight 679 from Charlotte to Phoenix. It gives me the flight time, the gate number, and all kinds of other information. So, that's very useful. Now, certainly, Sticky Notes can provide information about many things other than just flights.
So let's take a look at one more example. What I'm going to do is I'm going to tap on the plus sign to create another Sticky Note, and this time I'm going to write an address. I'm going to write 1220 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, and that's Florida. And so already we can see the text turning blue, and when I tap on the text I have the opportunity to view the address.
If I tap view address, then maps loads up and we can actually see the location of the address that I wrote. And we have the option of saving that to maps, which you can see right here by the mouse pointer, or getting directions, or even copying this to the clipboard. So that's just a very small representative sampling of some of the things that you can do with inking in Windows 10.
- Navigating the Windows 10 interface
- Implementing Windows 10 security
- Managing application compatibility
- Improving application performance with Game Mode
- Inking with Edge
- Configuring a network adapter
- Enabling mixed reality in Windows 10
- Using virtualization in Windows 10
- Using Remote Desktop Services
- Managing updates on individual devices and in the enterprise