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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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