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Using SMART Ink instead of a keyboard

One of the many benefits of using a SMART Board is its flexibility and intuitiveness. Some interactive white boards need you to switch between pen/finger and keyboard to access various features, but SMART Boards have a “convert” feature that lets you handwrite in SMART ink instead of using a keyboard to compose emails, add to documents or search online.

There are four simple steps to using SMART ink instead of a keyboard:

1. Write in SMART Ink
You can write anywhere on the SMART Board – it doesn’t have to be where you want the text to end up. Use your finger or one of the pens to write – it doesn’t matter which you use, how large or small the text is or what colour you write in.

2. Select the text
Simple tap the handwriting to select it – when selected, a dotted line box will appear around it.

3. Select the destination
Tap where you want the converted text to end up – for example, a search box or an email text input area.

4. Convert to text
Under the selected handwriting you will see two icons – a red X which lets you delete the entire selection, and a Convert icon (two letter As). Tap convert and the handwriting will convert to text and auto-fill in the destination location. It’s as simple as that – now you can tap “search” or send your email or do whatever you want with the SMART Board.

There are many reasons why you might want to use the convert function. For example, if you’re browsing a website and want to search for a specific term on the site you can handwrite the term, select it, click on the search box, convert and find that term without moving from the SMART Board to get at a keyboard. If you’re on Google or YouTube you can instantly search for videos or websites by handwriting the title or keyword and converting to text to search. You can compose emails using handwriting and then converting it to text before you send, or add handwritten notes to existing documents and convert them to text before you save them. The opportunities are limitless – and using SMART Ink instead of a keyboard makes your SMART Board sessions much more fluid and interactive.

The video below demonstrates how to use SMART Ink instead of a keyboard. If you’d like to know more about how SMART Boards could benefit your business give us a call on 0118 336 0010 and speak to one of our experts today.


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