The Ink Workspace is a new dashboard and set of tools that Microsoft has introduced to make working in windows with a pen stylus much easier. We'll see how to set up and configure a pen stylus, then we'll see how to access the Ink Workspace. We'll get a quick preview of the tools in the Ink Workspace, including Sticky Notes, Sketchpad, and Screen Sketch.
- [Voiceover] In the Windows 10 Anniversary edition, Microsoft is really supporting interaction with a pen stylus. This topic, and therefore all of the movies in this chapter, will only be relevant for people using a device with a pen stylus, like the Microsoft Surface. There are other Windows devices that come with a pen stylus, but I'm using the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. In this movie we'll start by introducing the Ink Workspace. If your device supports it, then you'll see this icon in the task bar. You can click on that and it opens up the Ink Workspace.
You can think of this almost like a Start menu for pen based applications, and there are really four main attractions here, each of which we'll spend more time with in separate movies in this chapter. You can create sticky notes and write on them freehand. Sketchpad is sort of like having a whiteboard on your computer, a space to draw or take notes. Screen sketch lets you take a picture of whatever is currently on your screen and then draw directly on that, and then finally, you can browse and install other pen-based applications from the App Store.
But let's focus on the mechanics of the Ink Workspace in this movie. And for that I'm gonna go into Settings. So in the Start menu, I'll go to Settings, then to Devices, and first I want to go to Bluetooth because it's important that you see that I do have my pen already paired and connected to this computer. So my pen is already set and ready to go. If you have your pen stylus set up with your computer, then you will see the button for the Ink Workspace, and you'll also see this section in Settings, Pen and Windows Ink, here I can see some options for my pen stylus.
One really important setting here is to tell the computer which hand I use to operate the pen, which will change some settings for responsiveness. There are a few other settings here related to the general behavior of the pen, but I want to scroll down here to the Pen shortcuts section, and this is how it looks for the Surface Pro 4 pen. Your pen stylus might have different options, but the Surface Pro 4 pen has a button on the end where the eraser would be on a pencil. I can assign certain actions to this button, so let's take a look at these defaults, but be aware that you can change them.
There are three actions. I can click on the button once and it will trigger an action, I can double click the button, or I can press and hold on the button, and each of these actions has two menus. The first menu will let me decide which application will be invoked when I hit that button, or hold the button or double click on it or whatever. By default, it's set to the Ink Workspace, but you can choose a different application if you prefer. I'm gonna leave it set to the Ink Workspace. The second menu lets you choose which action inside of that application that will be triggered when you hit the button.
So this is currently set so that when I click once on the button, it will open up the home screen of the Ink Workspace. So let's see that. I'm gonna click the button on my pen, and of course it opens up the Ink Workspace. I'll click outside of that to close it. I can see that double clicking the button will open up the Screen Sketch tool, so I'll double click on the button, and there we are in Screen Sketch. Of course we'll talk more about this in another movie. And clicking and holding the button will open up a sticky note, and again, I'm going to close that.
Now you notice when you start a sticky note from the Ink Workspace, it's actually a separate, standalone application. So even when I leave the Ink Workspace, there's still this application. I can see its icon down in the task bar. So I can right click on that, choose Close Window, and it will close that application. Now there's one more setting I want to take a look at, and that's this option right here. I want to have this turned on, and this will allow the Ink Workspace to operate even when my device is locked.
So let's take a look at that, let's talk about locking the screen. so I'm gonna go into the Start menu. If you restart your computer or shut down and then turn your computer back on, when the computer starts up, you see the lock screen, and you'll need to sign in in order to use the computer. Now, I could also go into the Accounts button here and I could sign out, and that would take me to the lock screen, or I could hit the lock button right here, and that will take me to the lock screen. I can also let the computer go to sleep, wake it up from sleep, and then I'll be at the lock screen.
And in all of those scenarios, I'll need to sign into the computer before I can use it again, but there's a very important difference here. If you sign out of the computer or if you restart or shut down the computer, you will be exiting your user account. And so the feature that we're gonna talk about will not work in those scenarios. If you restart the computer or sign out, the Ink Workspace will not be available on the lock screen. But if you come here and you hit this lock button or if you wake the computer from sleep while you're signed into your account, then this feature will work, so just keep that in mind.
So to see how this works, I'm going to hit Lock. So I've either locked the screen or I've woken the computer up from sleep, and I'm here on the lock screen, and because I know that my pen is configured to open up the Ink Workspace when I click the button, and I've set that to work even on the lock screen, I can just hit the button, and there's the Ink Workspace. And so I could go into Sticky Notes or Sketchpad or whatever, and I can write down a quick note. This can be really useful if you're just walking around with a tablet based computer without a keyboard attached, and you want to write down some really quick notes.
And of course, I can just hit the X here to close that, and any notes I might have taken on the Sticky Notes or in Sketchpad or Screen Sketch, those will still be visible when I go into the Ink Workspace once I'm signed into the computer. The pen and Ink Workspace gives you really quick access to handwritten note-taking and drawing tools in Windows 10. Your pen-enabled tablet computer should now have the speed and convenience of a traditional notebook.
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