Change preferences in Ink on Mac
When you connect a graphics tablet to your Mac, Ink preferences appear in System Preferences. Use Ink preferences to control how you use Ink, and to access the Ink window.
To change these preferences in the Ink app on your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Ink, then turn on handwriting recognition.
Handwriting recognition is
Turn handwriting recognition on or off.
My handwriting is
Identify your handwriting as closely or widely spaced.
Allow me to Ink in any application
Write in any app when handwriting recognition is on and a graphics tablet is connected. When deselected, you can write only in the Ink pad or in apps that are compatible with Ink, such as inkBook.
Pause momentarily to switch to mousing: Press the stylus to the tablet and hold it still to signal you want to use the stylus as a mouse.
Hold lower button to Ink and Hold upper button to Ink: The pen operates as a mouse except when you hold down the lower or upper button to write. Make sure you turn off any actions for the barrel button you choose in your tablet’s preferences.
Allow me to Ink above the tablet surface: Write in the air above the tablet. You must select one of the button preferences to use this feature.
Ink pad font
Select a font to use in the Ink pad.
Apple Casual is a good choice because its shapes are similar to those Ink uses for comparison when recognising handwriting.
Show Ink window
Automatically display the Ink window when you turn on handwriting recognition.
Show Ink in menu bar
The Ink menu provides quick access to the Ink window and Ink preferences.
Replace current settings with the default settings.
Recognise my handwriting after: A short delay can make it easier to work with apps that have many buttons and controls. A long delay can make it easier to write. If Ink recognises words before you finish them, move the slider towards “Long delay”.
Start inking after the pen moves: If Ink begins writing even when you reposition the pen only slightly, move the slider toward “Long distance”.
Use pen as mouse after: Sets how long you must hold the pen still before using it as a mouse.
Recognise my handwriting when the pen moves away from the tablet: After Ink recognises your handwriting, it inserts text or graphics into your document.
The language you usually use to write.
Recognise Western European characters
Recognise language-specific marks, such as accent marks.
The gestures you can use as shortcuts when writing or for performing common functions, and how to write the gestures. Deselect gestures you don’t want to use.
Word List pane
Add, Edit, Delete
Add unusual words that you use often to the list that Ink uses to recognise handwriting.
Change or delete words that you added.
Replace the current word list with the default list.
Keep changes you made to the word list.