Ink to Text Pen now available in Excel for Windows


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 Microsoft 365 Insider Blog:

Hello, Microsoft 365 Insiders! I’m Mark Rideout, a Product Manager on the Office AI team. A few months ago, we introduced the Ink to Text Pen tool in Word, OneNote, and PowerPoint for Windows—and we’re excited to announce that it’s now available in Excel as well!

Ink to Text Pen now available in Excel for Windows​

The Ink to Text Pen lets you use your digital pen (or stylus) to automatically convert your handwriting into text as you go, helping you quickly enter content into cells. Additionally, you can use pen gestures to select and delete cell content.

NOTE: The Ink to Text Pen replaces the functionality of the Action Pen in Excel.

How it works​

  1. On the Draw tab, select the Ink to Text Pen tool.

    InkToTextPenSelector.png

    NOTE: If your device is touch-enabled, the Draw tab should be enabled automatically. Otherwise, enable it by selecting File > Options > Customize Ribbon and checking the Draw box.
  2. Notice that the active sheet will zoom in, making it easier to target specific cells.
  3. Start writing over a cell to replace any existing content.
  4. To select cells, tap a single cell, or use the Straight line select gesture to select multiple cells.

    strike_through.png

  5. To delete text, use the Scratch-out gesture by drawing up-and-down squiggles through one or more cells.

    scratch_out.png

Scenarios to try​

  • With the Ink to Text Pen tool selected, start writing over a cell in a new or existing spreadsheet.
  • Select multiple cells with the Straight line gesture and apply formatting to all of them at once.
  • Delete a cell’s content with the Scratch-out gesture.

Tips and tricks​

  • You can quickly enter values for multiple cells without pausing.

Known issues​

  • The Ink to Text Pen tool may not work correctly in a spreadsheet that has frozen panes.

Requirements​

Using the Ink to Text Pen tool requires the following:
  • A digital pen or stylus. The Ink to Text Pen tool does not support any other form of input.
  • The latest version of Windows 11 (23H2) with October 31, 2023 update (KB5031455).

Availability​

This feature is available to all Microsoft 365 Insiders running Excel and meeting the requirements listed above.

Feedback​

We want to hear from you! Select Help > Feedback in Excel for Windows to submit your thoughts about this feature.


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Hm... I'm not proficient with my stylus, but I might have to give this a try just for the heck of it. I can't imagine it would be quicker than if you were using your mouse and keyboard, but I'll see.

Thanks for posting this, @Brink .
 

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Hm... I'm not proficient with my stylus, but I might have to give this a try just for the heck of it. I can't imagine it would be quicker than if you were using your mouse and keyboard, but I'll see.

Thanks for posting this, @Brink .
Bummer. I apparently don't have the right version of Excel. I have Office 365 through my institution. No Ink to Text tool...
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro Beta
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home built
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5900X
    Motherboard
    MSI MPG X570S Edge Max WiFi
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 64GB (2x32GB) DDR4 3600 (PC4-28800) C18
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GeForce RTX 4070 Super OC 12GB DDR6 / ZOTAC RTX 3060 Twin Edge OC 12GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Proprietary on MB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic XG2530 25"/Benq XL2411P 24"/ ASUS VA24DQSB) 23.8"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 240Hz/144Hz/60Hz (based on monitor setup above)
    Hard Drives
    SK hynix Gold P31 1TB PCIe NVMe Gen3 M.2 2280 Internal SSD
    ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD
    PSU
    Corsair RM1000e
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis with Window
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H60i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    ~950Mb/s upload/ ~700Mb/s download
    Browser
    Edge (Chromium)
    Antivirus
    Norton 360
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    MSI B550 Gaming GEN3 Gaming Motherboard
    Memory
    32MB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    I forget, but it's old. I can't see the need to upgrade it.
    Sound Card
    Propietary
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ACER LED 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung SSD 3.5"
    Case
    Corsair
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    ~750Mb/s download / ~750Mb/s upload
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender and Malware Bytes
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