How to open the Handwriting Panel in Windows 11

This article explains how to open the Handwriting panel using a touchscreen device with Windows 11.

If you have a tablet or portable device with a touchscreen, you can use the touch keyboard to enter text in a text field.

Many touch-enabled applications will automatically open the touch keyboard when you launch the apps. So, for example, when you tap where you want to enter text, the touch keyboard will open automatically.

The touch keyboard feature also has a handwriting panel that you can write on with a pen or your fingertip. This is typically available on tablet devices with a touchscreen and no attached keyboard.

Here’s how to open the handwriting panel in Windows 11.

Open the Handwriting pane in Windows 11

As described above, if you have a tablet device with a touchscreen and want to use your pen or fingertip to write, the steps below show you how to open the handwriting panel.

First, open the Touch keyboard.

You can do that by going to Start Settings >Personalization Taskbar System tray icons, and selecting Touch keyboard.

Then select one of the following options from the dropdown:

  • When no keyboard attached
  • Always
Windows touch keyboard show when no keyboard attached

With the settings above, you should be able to open the touch keyboard and use the Handwriting panel. Click on the touch keyboard on the taskbar and open the touch keyboard.

Click Settings (gear wheel) on the touch keyboard window and select Handwriting.

Windows touch keyboard handwriting panel
Windows touch keyboard handwriting panel

Handwriting panel example below.

Windows touch keyboard icon on taskbar
Windows touch keyboard icon on the taskbar

That should do it!


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