How to Enable or Disable Handwriting Input in Windows 11

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The article guides users on navigating through Windows 11 to enable or disable the “Use your handwriting to enter text” feature, supported by Shell Handwriting. This improved function of Windows Ink allows users to write directly onto edit fields with their pens. Currently, the feature only supports English (U.S.).

This article explains how to turn handwriting on or off to enter text in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 build 23481, Windows Ink was improved to allow users to enable inking directly onto edit fields with Shell Handwriting. This feature lets users use their pen and handwrite anywhere they can type on their Windows devices.

At this time of this post, Shell Handwriting supports English (U.S.) only but may include broader language support.

This new experience can be managed via Settings > Bluetooth and devices > Pen and Windows Ink under “Shell Handwriting”.

Enable or disable use your handwriting to enter text

As mentioned above, Windows Ink has been improved to lets users use their pen and handwrite anywhere they can type on their Windows devices.

Here’s how to turn it on or off.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings. Or press the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Setting app opens, click the Bluetooth & devices button on the left.

windows 11 bluetooth and devices
Windows 11 Bluetooth and devices

Select the Pen & Windows Ink tile on the right to expand it.

Windows pen and windows ink tile
Windows pen and Windows ink tile

On the Bluetooth & devices -> Pen & Windows Ink setting pane under Handwriting, select and expand the “Use your handwriting to enter text” tile.

Under Shell Handwriting, select the Use your handwriting to enter text tile. Then toggle the button to the On position to enable it.

To disable it, toggle the button back to the Off position.

Close the Settings app when you are done.

That should do it!

Reference:

https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2023/06/14/announcing-windows-11-insider-preview-build-23481/

Conclusion:

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