Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Drawing with Ink
Figure 6-19 In the Pens group you specify the color and thickness for each pen and then select
your favorites, which remain visible without you having to open a gallery.
Ink is stored as an object similar to any other graphic. Click to select it, and you’ll see the
familiar selection frame along with its sizing and rotate handles. When selected, the Format
tab under Drawing Tools becomes available, although most of its tools and effects can’t be
applied to ink.
The inking feature has a couple of nonobvious tricks that assist in converting your scrawl
into usable data:
● If you click Convert To Shapes (in the Ink Art group on the Pens tab) before you
begin drawing, when you draw a shape that resembles a circle, rectangle, or other
standard shape from the Shapes gallery, Office instantly and automatically converts it
from ink to a normal shape object. With this capability, you can sketch out
organization charts, low charts, and similar diagrams and not have it appear like it was
created by a six-year-old.
● You can convert handwritten text into typed characters. Right-click the ink object
that contains your handwriting, and choose Copy Ink As Text. The text is now on the
Clipboard, and you can paste it into your document. The handwriting-to-text
conversion isn’t perfect (although we’ve seen it correctly interpret scratchings that we had
trouble reading), so be sure to proofread it carefully.