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The Draw Tab in Word, Excel, and Ppt – 2023

A Draw tab in Word is used to draw different coloured inks with Pen, Pencil, and Highlighter with different effects.

Adding Draw Tab to the Ribbon

If your ribbon doesn’t have a draw tab, then do the following to add it.

To add the tab, click the “File” menu and select “Options” to launch a dialogue box.

In the dialogue box, select “Customize Ribbon” and tick the “Draw” check box, then click OK.

Adding Draw Tab to the Ribbon
Adding Draw Tab to the Ribbon

Using the Tab in Word

Drawing with pencil:

On the “Draw” tab, in the pens group, double click pen, pencil, or highlighter to customize the size, colour and effects.

Select one of the thicknesses, colours, and/or effects you want to draw with

Now hold down the left mouse button and draw wherever you want in the word document.

Drawing Inks
Drawing Inks

Click Here to Learn How to Show or Hide Ink in Excel, Word, and Ppt.

Erase drawings:

To erase drawings that you have already drawn, click the “Eraser” icon, then click on the lines that you want to remove.

Click on the + (Add Pen) icon and Pen, Pencil, or Highlighter to work with more colours at a time.

Erase Drawing Annotations in MS Word
Erase Drawing Annotations in MS Word

Delete Pen, Pencil, or Highlighter

Delete Pen, Pencil, or Highlighter, double click the related icon and click delete as in the picture below.

Delete Pen Pencil or Highlighter
Delete Pen Pencil or Highlighter

Ink to Shape:

Ink to Shape
Ink to Shape

To change any ink drawings to shape, select a pencil, or pen (It doesn’t work with the highlighter).

Then select “Ink to shape” and then draw the shape you want to convert to a perfect shape.

Change ink to shape
Change ink to shape

The triangle drawing drawn in the left picture with the mouse will be converted into a perfect triangle as in the picture given above.

Ink to Math:

You can convert any handwritten drawings to text.

Ink to Math
Ink to Math

Click on the Ink to Math to open its dialogue box

In the dialogue box, write what you want in the “Write math here” space.

A preview will be shown at the “Preview here

Lastly, click insert to add it to the document.

Drawing Canvas:

Drawing canvas is used to create a space to draw ink in it so that you can’t move the drawing out of it.

Insert Drawing Convas
Insert Drawing Canvas

→ Click drawing canvas → Select one of the drawing tools → draws any inks in it. → You can’t draw a drawing canvas out of the box → You can do it using the text wrapping icon.

What is a Draw Menu in Word, Excel, and PPT?

It is used to draw different coloured inks with Pen, Pencil, and highlighters with different effects.