Microsoft has started rolling out a new version of the Windows Ink feature that allows manual text entry in any accessible area of the Windows 11 screen. The feature was previously available in a trial version.
New features appeared with the release of update KB5031455 in preview for Windows 11 users. To get it, you need to go to the “Updates” section and select the “Get the latest updates as soon as they are available” option – everyone else will will receive it in the coming weeks.
Owners of Surface devices with a pen or other Windows tablets that support Windows Ink can handwrite in any available text field in Windows 11. The feature only works for users who have selected American English for now, but the range of supported languages will be expanded in the near future.
Microsoft has improved the accuracy of handwriting recognition and added gestures for deleting, selecting, merging and splitting words. There is also a gesture for moving part of the text to a new line. The KB5031455 update also includes fixes for Windows 11 bugs, including memory leaks in ctfmon.exe, improvements to the Dynamic Lighting feature, and more.