Use Windows Ink

Applies to

Surface Book, Surface Book with Performance Base, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro.

The Windows Ink Workspace is your one stop for everything you do with your pen.

If you don't have a pen, you can turn on the workspace and write by using a mouse or your fingers by right-clicking or pressing on the taskbar and then selecting Show Windows Ink Workspace button.

Select the pen icon to open the workspace. From here, you can open your Sticky Notes or sketchpad or draw all over whatever you're doing on your PC by using screen sketch. Plus, quickly open the apps you use your pen with under Recently used.

Pen not working? You might need to pair it in Settings. Find out more.

Set reminders and more with Sticky Notes

We all love Sticky Notes, and the Windows Ink Workspace collaborates with Cortana to make them even more useful.

Sticky Notes are a space to jot down reminders, doodle away, or write down your next big idea. Make a new one by selecting the Add Note button, move them around, and change their size. Shake up their colors by selecting the More button and then choosing Color.

Compose the next Mona Lisa in the sketchpad

The sketchpad is a blank slate for you to draw whatever you want or need in. Use the ruler to get just the right angle, and change the size of your brush strokes even as you draw them. Once your masterpiece is ready, you can share it, copy it, or save it.

Draw all over your screen using screen sketch

Open screen sketch and draw all over whatever you're doing on your PC at that moment. All your sketchpad tools are here, from the ruler to line width to sharing and exporting.

To open the Windows Ink Workspace when you click the eraser button on your pen, customize your pen button in Settings. You can even set the workspace to open when your PC is locked.

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