Install handwriting recognition

If you recently purchased a new computer, the Microsoft handwriting recognition engine might have been installed by the computer manufacturer. No further installation is necessary. If you installed Microsoft Office XP, or if you purchased a new computer with it installed, the handwriting recognition engine is included but might not be installed. Follow the instructions below to install it.


Handwriting recognition engines are language-specific. The first five Microsoft engines that are available are Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, Japanese, and Korean. Engines for other languages will become available.

To determine if the handwriting recognition engine is installed.


Open Regional and Language Options in Control Panel.


On the Languages tab, under Text services and input languages, click Details.


Under Installed services, click Add.

If Handwriting recognition is available as an option, the handwriting recognition engine is installed. If it is not available, the engine is not installed.

To install handwriting recognition if Microsoft Office XP is installed


Open Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.


Click Change or Remove Programs, click Microsoft Office XP, and then click Change.


Click Add or Remove Features, and then click Next.


Under Features to install, double-click Office Shared Features.


Double-click Alternative User Input, click the box next to Handwriting, and then click Run from My Computer.


Click Update.


To open Regional and Language Options, click Start, click Control Panel, click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options, and then click Regional and Language Options

To open Add or Remove Programs, click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs

For East Asian languages, the handwriting recognition engine is installed automatically with Microsoft Office XP.

For more detailed information about using handwriting recognition, click the Help button on the Language bar.

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