How to Write with a Pen or Marker in Microsoft Word (2016 version)

Writing with a pen or marker in Microsoft Word is a great way to markup forms, add a signature, or get creative.

Using the pen function is also called ‘inking’ or ‘drawing’ and can be found from the Draw tab. This lets you ‘write’ with either a mouse, your finger, or a computer pen.

The steps on this page will show you how to use the pen or marker function in Microsoft Word (2016 version). Check out the guided steps below.


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How to Write with a Pen or Marker (Guide with images)

You can write with a pen or marker in Microsoft word in few simple steps.

Step 1 – Turn on the Draw tab option in Microsoft Word

In order to write on a document, you’ll need to pick options from the Draw tab in Word. The Draw tab is turned off by default, which is why you may not see it.

  1. From the top of Microsoft Word, click File, then Options.
  2. Click the Customize Ribbon tab, click the check box labeled Draw, then click OK.drawoption

Step 2 – Select a pen option and write

There’s a lot of different options available to write in Word, from selecting a Pen type, to thickness, and even mapping it to a shape.

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  1. Click the Draw tab (at the top) once you’ve enabled it in Word.
  2. Click a Pen option. There’s a few default options, and you can customize them with the Color and Thickness drop-downs.
  3. Use your mouse, finger, or computer pen to start writing on the document.

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Step 3 – Erase writing

You can erase writing on a Word doc using the eraser.

  1. From the Draw tab, click Eraser.
  2. Click the object or text that you’ve written.
  3. The eraser will remove the entire object that is connected.
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