If you are using Office 365 and the Apple iPad OneNote app along with OneNote 2016, this video is for you! Learn how to quickly change hand-drawn shapes to symmetrical polished shapes. This trick is great for creating diagrams, workflows and org charts.
- [Narrator] You may have noticed that the screen looks a little different right now. Well, we're not in OneNote 2016, we're actually taking a look at the mobile version of this app that's made for the Apple iPad. So we're working on my personal iPad, and we're going to take a look at a new feature that can help you convert hand-drawn shapes to polished shapes by using what's called ink to shapes. Sometimes those hand-drawn sketches can illustrate a point, sometimes they can be just plain messy. Well, if you're still trying to get the hang of annotating with the stylus or drawing with your fingertip, we're going to take a look at how it doesn't really matter how it looks on the screen when you draw it, even if it's lopsided, we can actually turn that into a nice, simple, polished symmetrical shape.
So let's go ahead and take a look at how we can get started by doing this. In the app you can see that right now I am on the Home tabbed ribbon at the top. So if you're not familiar with the iOS-type apps you can see that it has a very familiar look to it as far as how you're going to navigate and find those commands as to what you're familiar with in the 2016 office applications like OneNote. Now where you want to actually do some drawing on the page that we're in, so we need to switch from the Home tabbed ribbon to the Draw tabbed ribbon. Let's give Draw a tap. Now that we're on the Draw ribbon, let's go ahead and pick the pen or the highlighter that we would like to draw with.
I'm going to go ahead and tap right over the pen, and then I'm going to go ahead and select the color that I'd like to draw with. Right now it's set to black, let's change that to blue. Great. Now as I start to draw these shapes, what we're going to do is we're going to start with what you don't want to do. If I'm drawing a circle, I don't want to just draw it and stop here, 'cause when I try to convert that, it's not going to be able to convert it. And converting to shapes is the button that we see on the same ribbon, but to the right of where we just picked the color of the ink.
So if I tap that again, you can see how it becomes active, it's not actually making that into a symmetrical circle. It needs to see that there's a clearly defined shape, and by not completing that pen stroke, it doesn't understand what it is you're trying to accomplish. Let's go ahead and erase what's on the screen. We'll use the eraser on that same toolbar, and we'll just erase that penstroke. There we go. And let's start over with the pen again. So we'll select the pen one more time. Now, let's start our circle and let's finish it. We need to come back over and complete the circle.
Now with Convert Shapes enabled, you'll notice that it converted it to a nice symmetrical circle. Now we're ready to get started with our brainstorming. You know I could just draw some lines from here, notice what it's doing with these lines as well. It's making them into nice straight lines. Now let's switch over to Tokyo, and look at this in a different way. Okay, now that we've switched to the Tokyo page, if I turn Convert to Shapes off that will give us the capability to draw those shapes without it actually converting it, right? If we want it to stay looking a little messy or maybe there's an exact way that we're drawing this and we don't want it to convert it, that's what we can do.
In this case, let's actually turn Convert to Shapes back on one more time. Now, we drew a circle and we drew a rectangle, but what about some of those other shapes? It can really understand just about anything that you're drawing with, so let's turn our pen back on. And you can see that we've created a triangle. Now let's try some other shapes. There we go. Now how about a diamond? I hope you found the Convert Shape tip helpful, and create some awesome diagrams, illustrations, and notes.
Now it's your turn to be the artist.
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