- Nov 9, 2015
With Windows 10, your pen or touch-enabled device arrives built-in with Windows Ink: the feature that helps you set your ideas in motion. You can easily capture your thoughts, and share and collaborate with classmates or co-workers using Windows Ink, whether you’re doodling with the sketchpad, drawing on a screen capture of your entire desktop, drawing in the Photos app, adding notes to your map, or writing and highlighting directly on webpages in Microsoft Edge.
Add notes to your map in the Maps app
Studies show that students who take handwritten notes instead of using a keyboard take fewer notes, but end up with a stronger understanding across the board; and, people who doodle while listening to a class, lecture or meeting can remember more than 20 percent more of what they were listening to later than the people who don’t.
A great way to be more productive using Windows Ink is with Bamboo Ink from Wacom, a smart stylus seamlessly integrated for natural writing, notetaking and sketching experiences.*
The pen is compatible with select Windows 10 PCs – you can find out if your PC is compatible by visiting this link.
The Bamboo Ink pen has customizable buttons to allow you to personalize it and be more productive. Clicking the Bluetooth button once will open Windows Ink Workspace, your canvas for all the ink-powered features and apps on your PC. A double click will open Screen Sketch, where you can add notes to a screen capture of your desktop and share it easily.
If you press and hold the Bluetooth button, you’ll open Sticky Notes, where you can take notes that become smart and active. Write an address and Maps will ready it for finding a route, jot down a few items and they’ll become an easy-to-manage checklist, or write down a flight number and click on the text when it turns blue to track a flight right in the Sticky Note.** You can customize these buttons at any time.
The pen lets you write naturally with its thin-tip design for quick markup on the screen. It has three exchangeable fine tips (soft, medium, and firm) you can switch out to create the exact stylus experience you’re looking for.
Edit docs in Word
With Windows 10, you can write a math problem on your screen in OneNote to get to the answer quickly, or see step-by-step instructions to help you learn how OneNote got the solution; draw with the built-in ruler in PowerPoint; or, edit docs in Word by using the pen to highlight words, strike through them and make them disappear, or circle text to select.
Built-in ruler in PowerPoint
We’re excited to see partners like Wacom create devices that unlock Windows Ink in new ways. If you want to learn more about the pen, try it out in person through a product demonstration or purchase one for yourself, you can do so by visiting BestBuy.com, Best Buy U.S. stores, your local Microsoft Store or Microsoft.com. If you’re new to Windows Ink, check out our tips on getting started!
*Touch-capable tablet or PC required. Pen accessory may be sold separately. Compatibility varies by device; visit wacom.com/comp for more info.
**Cortana available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device.