Apple added Scribble to iPadOS 14, a feature that uses handwriting recognition and gestures to enable the Apple Pencil to enter and edit text in apps. Here’s how to get the most out of the feature.
Scribble is Apple’s latest attempt to improve how you use the iPad for productivity, by minimizing the need to stop using the Apple Pencil. A text editing feature, Scribble can enable changes to be made to text, and for text to be entered, all using Apple’s stylus tool, and not a keyboard.
Normally, if you want to enter text into a text box in an app, or want to change text in a document, you would turn to either the software keyboard or a keyboard accessory to make the necessary changes. This may be cumbersome for users who are in the middle of using the Apple Pencil, as they will have to change how they hold the stylus, or put it down, before typing away.
By enabling text changes and entry via handwriting recognition and Apple Pencil gestures, this may allow for users to make the changes in such cases quicker than ever before.
As it is included as part of iPadOS 14, it is automatically enabled throughout the operating system, and in some
This menu is used to both enable and disable Scribble, with a green toggle meaning it is active, while a light gray version is shown if it is turned off. Enabling the feature also displays a extra section below the toggle titled “Try Scribble,” which will take users through the basic functions of the feature.
The handwriting recognition function does rely on having relatively decent cursive skills, but it will still make its best guess for less than perfect scripture. If the recognition regularly fails for you, it is suggested to write slower and more carefully.
Using Scribble will also enable the Scribble Toolbar, a floating toolbar that provides a few options to users, including a button to undo written text and actions, and another to redo them. A button is also available to summon a keyboard, while the three dots button offers options to automatically minimize the toolbar, and to access Pencil Settings within the Settings app.
This will automatically change written words into typed text within Notes, and is handy for longer writing sessions.
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