Writing With a Tablet Pen in PowerPoint

by Nick Davis

Your Tablet PC's pen is one of the main tools for selecting options and entering data into your portable computer. The pen, also known as a stylus, is compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint, the presentation package that lets you design and display slide shows and online presentations all within one package. PowerPoint lets you enable your tablet pen so you can write on, mark up, highlight and draw on slides. After you are done, the tablet pen is still usable within the Tablet PC environment.

Step 1

Open the PowerPoint presentation in which you want to use the Tablet PC pen.

Step 2

Click "View" and then "Slide Show." Right-click on one of the slides.

Step 3

Select "Pointer Options." Click "Ink Color." Select the color you want to use for your Tablet pen's marks. Your Tablet PC's cursor will appear as a dot.

Step 4

Right-click on the slide again. Select "Pointer Options." Click "Felt Tip Pen," "Ballpoint Pen" or "Highlighter."

Step 5

Start writing with your Tablet pen as the slide show is progressing. Press the "ESC" key on your computer's keyboard to stop the slide show.

When you close the PowerPoint presentation, you will be prompted regarding whether you want to keep the "Pointer Options."


  • When the Tablet pen is active during a slide show, you are not limited to just writing. You can draw circles, boxes or designs, if desired.


About the Author

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.

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