Windows Ink Lets Users Write on Edit Fields in New Feature

Windows Ink Lets Users Write on Edit Fields in New Feature

News by Roberto OrosaRoberto Orosa
Published: June 15, 2023

Windows Ink is introducing a new feature that lets Windows Insiders write directly onto edit fields throughout the OS.  

Additionally, the Ink feature will come with improved text recognition and a new “scratch out” gesture for users whenever they need to make an edit.  

“The goal with Windows Ink is to let users use their pen and handwrite anywhere they can type on their Windows device,” the company wrote in a blog post.  

The new Ink tools can be found in the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23481, available for members of the Dev Channel. However, not all members can use them just yet – to check if they’re eligible, members can go to Settings, Bluetooth and devices, and then into Pen and Windows Ink under “Shell Handwriting.” 

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“We are beginning to roll this out, so the experience isn’t available to all Insiders in the Dev Channel just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone,” Microsoft explained.  

Aside from the Ink upgrade, a handful of other changes will also be introduced to users on Preview Build 23481. 

To clean up the number of settings for File Explorer, Microsoft will remove old settings such as “Hide folder merge conflicts,” “Always show icons, never thumbnails,” and more.  

The tech giant is also introducing a new Focus Session widget in the latest Clock app update, where users can easily start and stop focus sessions on their devices.  

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