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Working in Pen mode

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Video: Working in Pen mode

Over the years tablet PCs have grown in popularity. They allow you to be mobile. You don't need a mouse and a keyboard. You simply use a pen and you write or draw directly on the screen of your tablet PC. You could even have tablets connected to a PC if you prefer to use something known as Pen Mode. OneNote 2010 is perfectly compatible with those devices. You can use Pen Mode to create your own drawings, even write your own notes in your own handwriting. So let's do that using our TwoTrees7 notebook.

Working in Pen mode

Over the years tablet PCs have grown in popularity. They allow you to be mobile. You don't need a mouse and a keyboard. You simply use a pen and you write or draw directly on the screen of your tablet PC. You could even have tablets connected to a PC if you prefer to use something known as Pen Mode. OneNote 2010 is perfectly compatible with those devices. You can use Pen Mode to create your own drawings, even write your own notes in your own handwriting. So let's do that using our TwoTrees7 notebook.

We're in the AGM section using the page titled Room Setup. Well, we've already got some ink here. You can see some shapes were drawn, but also some freehand shapes were drawn here, the various rows for our seating. Let's start with our mouse just clicking- and-dragging down towards the bottom of the page to create some extra space. Let's say we want to draw some addition rows here. Now you'll need a tablet connected to your PC or you'll need to be using a tablet PC in Pen Mode. How do we get to Pen Mode? Well, all we need to do in OneNote is go to the Draw tab of the Ribbon, click there, and you'll see that we've got a number of different Pen tools to choose from which will take us into Pen Mode.

But there are different Pen Modes to discuss. First though, notice that the current tool that's selected is called Select & Type. That's because when we move our mouse around the page, you can see, we can actually click and drag over text to select it. You can click to start typing. This is our default tool, Select & Type. But if you want to go to Pen Mode, you'd choose one of the pens. Now there are Built-In Pens to choose from with various colors. Click the drop-down to see a full list of the Built-In Pens, even highlighters.

There are More Colors & Thickness Options. If we go to the very bottom of this menu, notice that Pen Mode appears and there are several different Pen Modes. The default Pen Mode when you select one of these pens is to Create Both Handwriting and Drawings. So if you want to be able to write and create drawings, this is the perfect mode for you. If you only want to use Pen Mode for drawings or for handwriting, you have those options as well. You can even use your pen as a pointer like a mouse. So you can point and click on things and so on just by tapping your screen.

We want to keep Both Handwriting and Drawings turned on for Pen Mode. So make sure that's selected. All you have to do is select a pen to move into that Pen Mode. So let's do that. It looks like we need some black lines here, thick enough. So we'll click the drop-down. We've got Built-In Pens. Let's go to the middle here for 1 millimeter thickness for a Black Pen. We'll click that to select it. Now we're in Pen Mode. Notice Select & Type is no longer selected here in the Ribbon and as you move your mouse around, it's turned into this little dot. That dot is your pen.

You can use your mouse, but it's a little bit awkward. If you do have a pen or a tablet, it's time to switch to that now. That's what I'm going to do. We're just going to move over the pad or tablet and we're going to draw that last line. So just push your pen down and slide it across the screen or the tablet to draw that forth line. Now it does look a little bit thinner than the others. So there are ways for us to select and modify things that we write or draw. First of all, we need to move back to Select & Type Mode.

So I'll click that on the Ribbon. Now we need to select what it is we want to modify. Let's go to the right-hand side here and anywhere on the line itself click to select it. Notice that we've got in the Insert Shapes area here of our Ribbon, a Color & Thickness button. So we can click that to change colors, lots of different colors to choose from or just simply change the Thickness. So we'll do 1.5 millimeters and click OK. Now you can see that's much thicker and matches better with the previous seating. Let's do it again for the one on the left.

We'll click once, but this time, notice the mini toolbar shows up and the Color & Thickness button appears there as well. So we can go directly to it from here. One click, choose the appropriate thickness and click OK. We can also modify the shapes. If we went a little bit too far off to the right there, we can use the handles to bring it in a little bit. We can move the entire thing, if we want to move the back a little bit. So it goes for any of these shapes. You can change their sizes. Go to about there.

That looks good and deselect just by clicking anywhere on the page itself. Now because our Pen Mode also allows us handwriting, we can go back to any one of our pens. Let's go to a thinner one this time, .5 millimeters. Now we'll use the pen to do some handwriting. I want you to go underneath Person Responsible and just simply write your own name here. So I'm going to write my name. You can imagine if you were taking notes, you can use your own handwriting.

Something you'd be able to read, simple as that. So we've got both Drawings and Handwriting enabled in this particular Pen Mode. So that's all there is to switching to Pen Mode and using your tablet PC or a tablet that's connected to your PC. But of course, there's much more that we can do with Pen Mode with drawings and with writing. So in the next lesson, we'll talk about making modifications.

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OneNote 2010 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 30m 27s
    1. What is OneNote?
      6m 20s
    2. Launching OneNote and touring the interface
      6m 55s
    3. Opening, closing, and saving notebooks
      4m 29s
    4. Creating new notebooks
      2m 4s
    5. Creating, moving, and deleting sections and pages
      4m 47s
    6. Working with sub-pages
      3m 51s
    7. Creating a note on a page
      2m 1s
  3. 34m 10s
    1. Working with unfiled notes
      4m 12s
    2. Copying and pasting content
      4m 14s
    3. Adding screen clippings
      2m 34s
    4. Adding audio and video files
      5m 24s
    5. Adding pictures
      3m 1s
    6. Recording audio and video
      4m 25s
    7. Adding files
      1m 45s
    8. Adding math equations to notes
      4m 14s
    9. Sending to OneNote
      4m 21s
  4. 17m 17s
    1. Formatting text
      3m 49s
    2. Using styles from the quick gallery
      2m 14s
    3. Using bullets and numbering
      4m 8s
    4. Checking spelling
      7m 6s
  5. 29m 51s
    1. Organizing the user interface
      5m 20s
    2. Creating new windows
      2m 33s
    3. Searching a notebook
      3m 39s
    4. Creating links to pages with wiki linking
      2m 42s
    5. Tagging notes
      7m 40s
    6. Working with sections
      4m 26s
    7. Using section groups
      3m 31s
  6. 8m 14s
    1. Inserting Outlook meetings
      2m 38s
    2. Sending page information by email
      1m 39s
    3. Working with Outlook tasks
      3m 57s
  7. 15m 19s
    1. Creating a table
      3m 47s
    2. Working with rows and columns
      3m 21s
    3. Formatting tables and data
      5m 45s
    4. Moving tables and data
      2m 26s
  8. 11m 53s
    1. Working in Pen mode
      5m 29s
    2. Manipulating written notes and drawings
      4m 39s
    3. Converting handwriting to type
      1m 45s
  9. 12m 18s
    1. Using templates
      5m 44s
    2. Saving as a template
      2m 52s
    3. Choosing a default template
      3m 42s
  10. 10m 47s
    1. Setting paper size and margins
      4m 46s
    2. Changing page background options
      2m 53s
    3. Adding a background graphic
      3m 8s
  11. 8m 15s
    1. Printing notes and selections
      4m 57s
    2. Modifying print options
      3m 18s
  12. 27m 48s
    1. Saving to other formats
      4m 20s
    2. Saving OneNote content to PDF or XPS
      4m 19s
    3. Creating a shared notebook
      4m 24s
    4. Inviting others and syncing notebooks
      4m 18s
    5. Sending pages in various formats
      3m 1s
    6. Sharing notebooks on the web
      7m 26s
  13. 10m 5s
    1. Knowing who wrote what with author indicators
      3m 27s
    2. Locating newly added content with highlighting
      3m 2s
    3. Seeing past versions quickly with versioning
      3m 36s
  14. 13m 8s
    1. Automatically linking your notes to what you're viewing
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Research pane
      3m 54s
    3. Translating text with the Mini Translator
      2m 52s
  15. 18m 2s
    1. Setting display options
      6m 27s
    2. Changing email options
      4m 37s
    3. Protecting passwords
      4m 1s
    4. Setting backup options
      2m 57s
  16. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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