Converting handwriting to typed text

You can write on your interactive product’s screen using the Standard or Calligraphic pen types and convert your writing to typed text. SMART Notebook software can convert handwriting in multiple languages.

ClosedTo convert handwriting to typed text

  1. Press PensPens icon.

    The Pens tool buttons appear.

    Pens tool buttons

  2. Press Pen Types, and then select Pen or Calligraphic Pen.

  3. Write your text.


    Write tidy, printed characters on a horizontal line. Although SMART Notebook software can convert slanted or cursive writing, it doesn’t always do so consistently.

  4. Select the text object.

    The SMART Notebook software handwriting recognition feature compares your written word with its dictionary and identifies words that most resemble what you’ve written.

  5. Press the text object’s menu arrow.

    A menu appears and displays the list of matching words, each preceded by Recognize.


    • If you want SMART Notebook software to identify words in a different language, select Recognize Languages, and then select another language in the list. SMART Notebook software updates the list of matching words to include words in the selected language.

    • If you change the handwriting recognition language, you don’t change the default language of the SMART Notebook software user interface or your operating system.

  6. Select a word in the list of matching words.

    The selected word appears on the page.