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Chapter 6. Working with Documents > Recognizing Handwriting Ink

Recognizing Handwriting Ink

Although typing information into an document or e-mail through the keyboard is fast and efficient, you may find that you need to enter information in handwritten form, known as ink. Programs that accept ink, such as TextEdit or Mail, provide handwriting recognition to help you convert handwriting into text. Before you can insert handwritten text into a document, you need to have an ink device, or a handwriting tablet, such as Wacom, attached to and installed on your computer. With handwriting recognition turned on in the Ink pane in System Preferences, you can write in two ink modes: Anywhere or Ink pad. Anywhere mode is useful for writing in a word processing document. As you write in Anywhere mode, your ink strokes appear in a yellow lined translucent overlay. As the Mac recognizes the writing, it converts the ink to text, inserts it in the open document, and erases it from the overlay. When you need to use the mouse, you need to turn off Anywhere mode. Ink pad provides a floating window in which you can use the stylus to write ink and to perform commands as the mouse. Using ink can be tricky at first, but over time you'll get the hang of it.

Insert Handwritten Text Anywhere into a Document

Open a program, such as TextEdit, that accepts ink.

Turn on handwriting recognition (Ink icon in System Preferences).

The Ink toolbar appears.

Write your text in the yellow lined overlay. After recognition, the text that you write appears in the document.

To turn Anywhere mode off to use the mouse, click the On/Off button on the Ink toolbar.

When you're done, turn off handwriting recognition, and close any open documents.



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