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I was having some e-mail conversation with a jkOTR reader and fellow Tablet PC owner over the past few days and after several correspondences, I got the following question in a note: "How are you inking your e-mails?" It hit me that although Outlook 2003 (and […]

I was having some e-mail conversation with a jkOTR reader and fellow Tablet PC owner over the past few days and after several correspondences, I got the following question in a note: "How are you inking your e-mails?"

It hit me that although Outlook 2003 (and 2007) natively supports inking, a user could actually disable it without realizing it was disabled and here’s why: in order to ink your e-mails, Word has to be your default e-mail editor. Hmm…not very intuitive, is it? If a Tablet PC owner decides not to use Word as the e-mail editor, they may not realize they’ve just decided not to ink their e-mails as well!

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Regardless of whether this is intuitive or not, it’s a simple fix. In Outlook 2003, just click Tools, Options, Mail Format for the checkbox to enable Word as your default editor. Once you’ve applied that change, you should see a pen icon in the toolbar that you can tap at will to change from text entry to ink entry in your e-mail. There’s nothing like inking a handwritten note on a Tablet PC!

-kct

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  1. JK~

    Good job on posting interesting reviews and UMPC info! I tried the swap to using Word 2003 as my email editor and it did not enable the ink. Do I need to close and restart the application?

    Thanks,
    ~DP
    HP tc1100

  2. Kevin C. Tofel Thursday, June 1, 2006

    DP, first of all, who’s JK? ;) Make sure Outlook is composing the e-mail in HTML format as well. Rich Text and Plain Text won’t allow for inking.

  3. Kevin~

    Sorry for the mix up. Thanks for the help. It finally worked.

    Regards,
    ~DP

  4. How do you do that in Outlook 2007?

  5. Kevin C. Tofel Sunday, June 4, 2006

    gabo, I looked for a similar setting in Outlook 2007, but don’t see one to use Word (or not) as your e-mail editor. Perhaps it’s no longer an option, but then, that would mean you need Word to use Outlook, which I don’t think is the case. You can, however, set your e-mail format to HTML, Rich Text or Plain Text in Outlook 2007. I have mine set to HTML and the ability to ink e-mails works just fine.

  6. From what I’ve seen ink emails are enabled out of the box with Outlook 2007. I know I didn’t do anything to enable it, it just works.

  7. Hi JK,

    I’m on vista / office 2007 with ink enbaled on Word, but outlook’s “Ink” ribbon icon is shaded out.

    Not sure how to enable ink here…

    Thanks,
    Sam

  8. Cecilia, Houston TX Tuesday, December 18, 2007

    I have Windows XP Prof and Outlook 2007 on a tablet. It is set to HTML. Does NOT have an option to select Word as default editor that I can find. My inked email is not working. Do you have any other settings I should check?
    I’ve used this fine with Outlook 2003 on an older tablet, this new one wont work.
    Please email your response.
    thanks.
    Cecilia

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