Microsoft this week released a new beta version of its Office app for iPad with support for handwriting on Scribble text using the Apple Pencil. This feature allows you to insert and edit text in a Word document, PowerPoint presentation, or Excel spreadsheet using Apple Pencil, with handwritten text automatically converted to typed text.


After enabling Scribbles in Settings → Apple Pencil, this feature can be used by clicking the Scribbles button on the Drawing tab in Office version 2.64. The feature can now be tested by members of the Office Insider program via TestFlight, and the update will likely be released to the App Store for all users in the coming weeks.

Scribble was added in iPadOS 14 for any iPad that supports the original or second-generation Apple Pencil, including any iPad Pro, third-generation iPad Air and later, fifth-generation iPad mini and later, and sixth-generation iPad and later.

The unified Microsoft Office application with Word, PowerPoint and Excel gained iPad compatibility in February 2021 and is also available for iPhone.

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