How To Enable the Handwriting Input Feature in Gmail

If you do not know about it yet, Gmail has a handwriting input feature that you can use during certain situations, like when you want to input characters from a language that is not supported by your current keyboard, or when you just feel the need to have some handwriting input in your email. This feature is also useful to those who are incapable of typing due to so form of disability. Here are the simple steps to take to enable this feature:

Step 1: Log into your Gmail account and open the Settings menu.  Under the General tab you will find the settings for Gmail display language. Click on ‘Show all language options‘ to show more language settings options.

Gmail display language settings

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Step 2:  Check the box beside Enable input tools.

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Step 3:  After you click on the box beside Enable input tools, the Input Tools window will pop up. Select the language or languages you would like to  be able to handwrite into Gmail.  Just double click on the language(s) on the left column and it will be selected and appear on the right column. Click OK and the Input Tools window will close. Scroll down the page and look for the ‘Save Changes’ button, be sure to click it to save your new settings. Gmail will then reload.





Step 4:  After Gmail reloads you will see the pencil icon on the upper right corner.




Step 5: Select the language you want to write in.




Step 6: Click on the Compose button and when the the compose window comes up click on the pencil icon, the the Handwriting Input tool will popup and you can begin to input handwriting.  As you write the tool will try to guess what you would like to input and show you suggestion. You can click on the right one and it will automatically be inputted into the email you are composing.



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