Ink to Text is another tool within the Draw tab in OneNote.  It allows you to write on OneNote’s whiteboard surface, even in cursive, and convert your handwriting to typed text.  This of course works best with either a stylus on a touchscreen or the pens on a smart board, but just to show it can be done, I’m using my mouse on a desktop in the videos in this post.  Speeded up, of course.

Welcome to Day 10 of 365 Ideas for Office 365.  this week we’ve been looking at OneNote, specifically the amazing things you can do with tools under the Draw tab, like Ink to Shape and Ink to Math.  Today Ink to Text gets it’s turn in the spotlight.

With all the other features we’ve looked at, we looked at the differences between OneNote Online, OneNote 2016, and the OneNote app.  Ink to Text is a different situation.  Right now, OneNote Online does not have Ink to Text.  You can convert somewhat using Ink to Math, but it’s one word at a time, you will probably have to use the Fix It button, and even the Fix It button can’t figure out what to do with the letter “t”.  For a laugh, check the GIF below.  To use your 13 seconds more productively, move on. 

Ink to Math, I mean Text, in OneNote Online

Using Ink to Math in place of Ink to text In OneNote Online
Using Ink to Math in place of Ink to text In OneNote Online

OneNote 2016 does have Ink to Text.  Technically.  It really only works one word at a time, so each word will be in its own text box.  In 2016, it’s a nice idea, but it really just doesn’t function well.  Again, here’s the video evidence.

Ink to Text in OneNote 2016

The limited Ink to text in OneNote 2016
The limited Ink to text in OneNote 2016

In the OneNote app, Ink to Text really shines.  You can write in print and convert a single word.  You can write in print and convert multiple words, and it keeps them together in one text box.  You can even write in cursive, and again, in entire phrases and sentences.  “My students don’t know cursive”, you say?  Duh, that’s what this is for!  You can write quickly in cursive, and with the click of a button, convert it to a font your kids can read!

Ink to Text in OneNote App

The exquisite Ink to Text in the OneNote app
The exquisite Ink to Text in the OneNote app

When the OneNote app first came out, many people (including me) were disappointed in it, because it was missing many features in OneNote 2016.  Now that the app has had some time to grow up some, between the 2016 features that Microsoft has been adding to the app, and especially new features like the Inking tools, the OneNote app has become the premier version.

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