Update in ink toolbox for iOS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint clients

From Microsoft Corporation

MC236019 · Published Jan 26, 2021

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Message Summary

We’ve made some changes in the ink toolbox within iOS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint clients.

Key points

  • Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67356
  • Timing: late February through mid-March 2021
  • Roll-out: user level 
  • Control type: user control 
  • Action: review and assess

How this will affect your organization

iOS users will experience the following changes to their ink toolbox within Word, Excel and PowerPoint clients

  • Lasso and Eraser tools will be moved inside of the toolbox
  • Users will be able to add additional pens by right clicking on existing pens
  • Their toolbox will be reset to the default number of pens and colors
    • Any additional pens the user may have added will have been removed
    • Most recently used colors will be reset to default
  • Pencil and highlighter are added to the toolbox rather than hidden behind the “+” pen option 
  • Draw with touch, ink to text and ink to shape features are removed from under the dropdown (the arrow in the ‘current’ ribbon next to ruler)
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What you need to do to prepare

This is an automatic, user-level update.

You might want to notify your users about this new capability and update your training and documentation as appropriate. 

Learn more: Meet the new pen toolbox

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