Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Handwriting recognition on a tablet, part of Up and Running with Windows 8.
When working with a touch screen device running Windows 8, you'll tend to use gestures quite a lot to navigate around on the screen, among your applications and preform a variety of other tasks. But of course, in some cases you're going to need to type and in the context of touch screen device, that means typing directly on the display. Let's take a look at the various options that are available as far as that data entry accessing a keyboard essentially on a tablet device. I'll go ahead and tap on a tile for the Bing application in order to launch that application. And then I can tap into the search field to bring up the keyboard.
I can then tap directly on the keys on the screen in order to type. Now in theory, that means that I could use two hands and type, but of course because we don't have the feedback of feeling the keys underneath our fingers we can't tell where the individual keys end for example and that can be a little bit challenging. So, generally speaking, I prefer to use a single hand. But you may be a bit better when it comes to typing with two hands on a touchscreen device and, if so, you might also prefer a Split Keyboard. I'll go ahead and Tap the Keyboard button at the bottom right of the display and the second option there is a Split Keyboard.
So now we can work with two sections of the keyboard, one at the far left and one at the far right with a numeric keypad at the center. If you're working with a normal keyboard, by the way, you can always bring up that numeric keypad just by tapping the numbered button down at the bottom left which gives you a series of symbols as well as numbers to choose from. I'll tap that button again to get back to the normal keyboard. But perhaps most importantly, we'll take a look at how we can enter information without having to type it all through the use of handwriting recognition. I'll go ahead and click the X to clear out the entry that I've typed there and then I'll click that keyboard button once again and I'm going to tap the button to bring up the hand writing recognition option.
And now, instead of typing, I can simply write the words that I want to appear in that search box. I'll go ahead a write Austria, for example, and you'll notice that even though my handwriting, especially with just my finger, is rather poor, Windows 8 is able to recognize that word. It has filled in Austria for me. I can tap the insert button over at the right, and that will add the word Austria to the search box. But to make that task a little bit easier, you can use a stylus. Your tablet might include a stylus or you can get a third party stylus and then write directly on the screen using that stylus.
And I think you'll find that with a stylus your accuracy is going to improve quite a bit more. There we have the word travel for example. I'll go ahead and tap the insert button and travel is inserted into the search box. So now I have Austria travel and I think you can see that using a stylus or even just writing with your finger in many cases will be much faster than trying to type on the on screen keyboard. In addition to being able to switch between the various keyboards we can also hide the keyboard altogether with that last option on the keyboard pop-up. But as you can see, whether you're typing on the onscreen keyboard or taking advantage of handwriting recognition with a stylus, or even your finger, putting the words or numbers onto the screen in Windows 8 is quite simple.
- Changing your environment and customizing live tiles
- Using gestures
- Creating and using a picture password
- Using Windows applications
- Working with media
- Accessing and personalizing the desktop
- Working with the File Explorer
- Changing Windows settings
- Backing up your files