The Gboard stylus handwriting support that we first enabled in August is now rolling out on Android tablets that offer the input.
In Gboard settings, there’s a new “Write in text fields” menu that explains how “your handwriting will be converted to text that you can edit or delete.” (The old handwriting keyboard — seen in the cover image above — available when adding a language remains.) You can launch a tutorial by tapping “Try it” and available editing actions include:
Delete: “Use your stylus to scratch out a letter, word, or phrase to delete.”
Select: “Draw a circle around a letter, world, or phrase to select it.”
Insert: “Use your stylus to draw a caret or arrow where you’d like to add a new text.”
Join: “Draw a “|” [vertical line] between text to insert a space or merge the text before and after the space”
New line: “Draw down, then left with your stylus to move text to a new line”
When you Write, there’s a floating “keyboard toolbar” with Delete, Enter, Emoji (floating window), and a hamburger key that notes your current language (if more than one is set). This offers shortcuts to:
Try handwriting demo
Show on-screen keyboard: Mini floating keyboard
You can move this pill-shaped panel anywhere on the screen but it defaults to the perimeter with vertical and horizontal layouts offered. When docked to the bottom, a persistent strip appears. Other settings let you adjust handwriting speed and stroke width.
Stylus handwriting started rolling out to Gboard in recent days (h/t Mishaal…
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