Configure Pen and Windows Ink Workspace Settings in Windows 10

Configure Pen and Windows Ink Workspace Settings in Windows 10

We have seen how Microsoft is evolving Windows 10 with all major versions since its launch. Today we’re going to see how Microsoft works very hard, especially for its Surface devices. You may have met or heard of Windows Ink experience, it’s a new name for Pen and touchscreen devices running the operating system.

Windows pen and ink settings in Windows 10

To open Windows pen and ink settings, go to:

  1. Open settings, click on Devices.
  2. On the left side, see Windows pen and ink Tongue. Click on it.

You would see that the entire page should be divided into different sections which will include the settings for Pen and Windows Ink workspace.


In the Stylus section, you can see the settings of the task that the stylus should perform when connected, the hand you use to hold the stylus, etc. If a pen is not connected, you may find a different scenario when the pen and Windows ink settings are open.

To pair a stylus with your PC, select Start> Settings> Devices> Bluetooth and other devices. Press and hold the shortcut button on your stylus for seven seconds to activate pairing mode, then choose the stylus from the device list and select Pair.

Once paired, Windows assumes that you are a right-handed person and works accordingly. This is because when a pen is used to open context menus, the menu opens on the opposite side of the hand used. This is because if you are right handed and the menu opens on the right side of the tip, you may not be able to see it.pen_and_windows_ink_settings

The pen settings also include the visual effects and cursor options that appear when using the pen. Yes, you can deactivate them at any time. The cursor is represented by a point at the position where the tip of the pen is hovering. Another setting that you may find useful is “Ignore touch input when using my stylus”. This setting will ignore your hand gestures and will touch when a pen is connected or in use.

Finally, there is another setting that you can use. It will allow you to write anything with the stylus and it will be converted to text. It is named “Display the handwriting panel when it is not in tablet mode and no keyboard is connected”. When activated. it will show you a keyboard icon in the notification area.

Windows Ink experience

Windows Ink Experience is like the application drawer or the Start menu, which groups all the applications you can use with a pen or a digital pen. To access Windows Experience, you must activate Windows Ink Workspace.

Activate the Windows Ink workspace


  1. Right click on the taskbar.
  2. Click on Windows Ink workspace button.
  3. A new button should appear at the far right of the taskbar.

The workspace used to include applications like Sticky Notes, Sketchpad, Screen sketchand recent applications.


But with the update to Windows 10 version 1909, that changed. Right now you have two options which include Windows Whiteboard and Full screen snip.


You may have understood that these applications in Windows Ink Workspace are the ones that can work with a pen and can work wonders.

If you have a Surface device, you may have already figured out the wonders I’m talking about.

Tell us about your experience using Pen with your Windows device.

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