Apple Pencil’s handwriting-to-text feature will appear in Microsoft Office for iPad


The handwriting-to-text function Scribble for the Apple Pencil was added to the latest beta version of Microsoft’s Office software for the iPad this week. With the use of this capability, you may use the Apple Pencil to add and update text in Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, or Excel spreadsheets while having handwriting that is not written out automatically.

Using the Scribble Pen button located under the Draw tab in Office app version 2.64 after turning on the Scribble function in Settings Apple Pencil enables the feature. Members of the Office Insider program can test the option right now via TestFlight, and in the upcoming weeks, the update will probably be made available to all users on the App Store.

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Any iPad that supports the first or second-generation Apple Pencil, such as any iPad Pro, the third-generation iPad Air and newer, the fifth-generation iPad mini and newer, and the sixth-generation iPad and newer, now supports Scribble thanks to iPadOS 14.

Microsoft’s unified Office app with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel gained iPad compatibility in February 2021 and is also available for the iPhone. In February 2021, the iPad became compatible with the universal Office software from Microsoft, which also has Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

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