Use handwriting tools to draw

This feature is available in the Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, Japanese, and Korean language versions of Microsoft Office. Because handwriting recognition is not installed by default in all of these languages, you may need to install it separately.

 Note    If Microsoft Word is enabled as your e-mail editor, you can use this feature in Microsoft Outlook.

  1. Place the insertion point where you want to insert a drawing.
  2. On the Language bar, click Drawing Pad Button image.

If Drawing Pad Button image is not available, click Handwriting Button image on the Language bar, and then select Drawing Pad Button image.

  1. To increase or decrease the size of the Drawing Pad box, move the pointer to an outside edge of the box until it changes into a double-headed arrow, and then drag to the desired size.
  2. Move the insertion point into the Drawing Pad box until it changes to a pen Pen image.
  3. To draw, use a handwriting input device, or move your mouse on your mouse pad to form a drawing.
  4. To revise a drawing, do either of the following:
    • To remove the last drawing stroke, click Remove Last Stroke Button image.
    • To remove the entire drawing from the Drawing Pad box, click Clear Button image.
  5. To insert the completed drawing, click Insert Drawing Button image.
  6. Select what you want to do next by doing one of the following:
    • To use the Writing Pad box to insert writing, click Writing Pad Button image on the Drawing Pad toolbar.
    • To stop using handwriting, click Close Button image on the Drawing Pad toolbar.


You can change pen color and width by clicking Options Button image in the upper left corner of the Drawing Pad box and then clicking Options.

Applies to:
Outlook 2003, Word 2003