By using ink (ink: The writing or drawing strokes made with a tablet pen or mouse.) features in Microsoft Office 2003, you can use your Tablet PC (Tablet PC: A computer that runs Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. With a Tablet PC, you can write directly on the screen by using a tablet pen and use the pen to perform mouse functions. Also known as a tablet computer.) and a tablet pen (tablet pen: The pen that comes with a Tablet PC and is used to interact with the tablet screen.) to insert your handwritten notes into Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft Office Excel 2003, or Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 using Office Word 2003 as your e-mail editor.
Ink features allow you to:
- Send handwritten e-mail messages.
- Take notes and emphasize points on slides that the audience can view while you give presentations.
- Reuse handwritten notes taken in Microsoft Windows Journal.
- Mark up Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel worksheets in your own handwriting.
- Draft slides and documents in your own handwriting.
You can use the Ink Drawing and Writing command to incorporate handwritten text or hand-drawn pictures as the content of your Office documents (especially useful in e-mail messages), or you can use the Ink Annotations command to annotate the existing content of a document (similar to how you would mark up a document that's printed on paper).
In Word, you can use the Ink Comment command, so that handwritten rather than typewritten text appears in comment balloons.
In most cases, you must be running Office on a Tablet PC to create ink, but you do not need a Tablet PC to copy, paste, move, resize, format, or delete ink. The ink is treated as an object, similar to drawing objects (drawing object: Any graphic you draw or insert, which can be changed and enhanced. Drawing objects include AutoShapes, curves, lines, and WordArt.).
Note In Slide Show view in PowerPoint, you can make ink annotations on slides even if you aren't running PowerPoint on a Tablet PC.