If you have a tablet PC, you can use a digital pen or "stylus" to write directly into Word documents. The handwritten Word documents -- ending in the "docx" extension in Word 2007 and 2010 -- are viewable on other systems, even if those computers do not support pen computing. If you are new to pen computing, then you might not know exactly how to activate the pen in Word. You need to turn on the pen feature before you can use it. Once activated, you can add a signature to any Word document by drawing right on your tablet PC.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Open Microsoft Word.
Click on the "Review" tab, located near the upper-right corner of the screen.
Click "Start Inking."
Draw on your tablet PC's screen using your stylus. The signature will appear instantly on the screen. When you finishing writing, the signature will be turned into an editable graphic. If the signature is too large or too small, you can click and drag the borders of the graphic to resize the image.
Press and hold the "Ctrl" key and press the "S" key to save your document. The signature will be saved with your "docx" document for future sharing and printing.
Tips and warnings
- By default, the digital pen writes in a style mimicking a ballpoint pen. If you prefer a felt-tipped-pen aesthetic, click on this option from the "Ink Tools" box. This box appears after you click "Start Inking," and you can use it to change the look of your handwritten notes.
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