The touch keyboard that the Windows 10 operating system has always had the handwriting input panel layout. From this panel, you can grab your stylus pen and write with it or just use your finger to write with instead. Both of which are what Microsoft is talking about when it refers to handwriting.
Over the years with Windows 10 to date, the handwriting was done from a separate panel when you wanted to use the stylus pen or your fingers. The other panel that was designed to handle text input was also separate, and hence you had to look at two different panels if you wanted to add text and add handwriting.
Now in Microsoft’s latest versions of the Windows 10 operating system, Windows 10 build 17074, things have changed, and you can now expect to find the two panels merged into the one, making it possible to use the handwriting gestures in the same place as the text field.
To start using handwriting gestures, you just tap your finger in the text input region, and then it expands and offers more area for you to do your handwriting in.
The new method for handwriting in the Windows 10 operating system is probably here to stay, but Microsoft also understands that many of you have already gotten to know the old way and might prefer it still. If that’s the case, you can go back to using the operating system the old way with separate text input areas for handwriting and text by turning off the embedded handwriting panel instead.
This is what you need to turn the embedded handwriting panel on or off when you’re using the Windows 10 operating system starting from build number 17074.
How to Turn On or Off Embedded Handwriting Panel in Settings Application
You can turn the embedded handwriting panel on or off from the Settings application in Windows 10. To find out how, head to the Start menu > Settings gear icon from the Start menu’s left side pane and then click on the “Devices” link from the Windows Settings screen.
From the Devices left side pane, click on the “Pen & Windows Ink” link.
Now in the right side pane of the Run & Windows Ink section, you’ll see a checkbox available to check or uncheck next to where it says “Enable Embedded Inking Control in supported apps.”
That’s all you need to be turning the embedded handwriting panel on and off when you’re using the Windows 10 operating system from build number 17074 onward.