So, you want to know how to use the Inking option in the different Microsoft apps (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) but don’t know where to start. You’re not alone! The option is relatively new and allows you to use a pen, stylus or finger to draw and write in documents. Talk about a game changer!

Draw and Write Using a Pen, Stylus or Your Finger

Interacting with your documents has never been easier thanks to the option. It works across all Android devices so if you have a smartphone and a tablet, you’ll be able to use Inking on both. There is a difference in how you’ll experience the option with a pen and without a pen, however, so keep that in mind.

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What You Can Do in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, you can track and review changes, enable columns in a page layout, change page orientation, and insert page and section breaks. You can also highlight table cells with custom colors and customize headers and footers for all of the different pages. This allows you to create a unique document that fits your needs.

What You Can Do in PowerPoint and Excel

PowerPoint features offers presenter view as well as the ability to save ink annotations from slide shows and highlighting table cells with custom colors. Excel offers the option to customize Pivot table layouts and styles, WordArt insert and edit capabilities, the ability to apply custom colors to shapes, and being able to add shadows and reflection styles to photographs.

What Inking Lets You Do

Inking lets MS Office users to use a pen or touch in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. When you hover a pen over the screen, inking options show up. The pen can be used to write or highlight with. The thickness of the line can be varied as well as the color.

How to Use Inking

If you have a pen device, using Inking is simple to do. First, tap on the pen icon. You’ll find it on the top toolbar. Next, you’ll notice that inking is on and that you now have options that show up in the command bar.

If you don’t have a pen, you’ll want to tap on the inking icon on the top toolbar. Then tap the arrow to go to Home for menu options. Tap on Draw and then Draw with Mouse or Touch to enable to finger drawing option.

To vary the thickness and colors of your lines, tap on Color when in Inking Mode. Select the color you prefer before tapping on Thickness. Then tap on your preferred weight.

To highlight, tap on the Highlighter icon while in inking mode. Then choose the color that you want to highlight in. If you need to erase something, choose Eraser in inking options to erase drawn objects.

Inking for OneNote

OneNote’s Inking math assistant is pure genius. It helps solve handwritten equations. If the “Math” button is tapped, a pop-up comes up with possible ways to take action to solve the equation. Then steps telling how the answer is possible is displayed after tapping the screen a few more times.

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