Google Docs, Gmail get in touch with written word via handwriting support

Google Docs, Gmail get in touch with written word via handwriting support

Summary: Available immediately, handwriting input is supported in Google Docs for over 20 languages and in Gmail for over 50 languages.

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If you ever though Gmail lacked a personal touch, say compared to a written letter, now your problems have been solved.

Google announced on Tuesday that it was adding handwriting input to both its flagship communications product as well as Google Docs.

Available immediately, handwriting input is supported in Google Docs for over 20 languages and in Gmail for over 50 languages.

Users can take advantage of this new feature by selecting the handwriting input (represented by a pencil icon) of the desired language, and then use a mouse or trackpad for the actual inscription.

Handwriting input can also be applied to Google Mobile Search, Google Translate (on both desktop and mobile devices), and in Chrome.

For a closer look at Google's handwriting tools, check out the promo clip below:

Image via Google

Topics: Software, Apps, Google, Google Apps

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  • Silly gimmicks.

    Google software is nothing but spyware to serve more ads. No thanks
    Owl`Net
    • Try Adblock Plus

      Or use an on-board email program such as Thunderbird. No ads for you to worry your paranoid little brain about.
      harry_dyke
      • So you think the spyware is in just the email client??

        Sad. Very sad.
        wackoae
    • Isn't America Great?

      You don't like it, don't have to use it.

      But you're not got to tell me what I can or cannot use, Commie!
      DavidWieneke
  • This seemks to be a solution

    In search of a problem. I know that with my mousing skills my "handwriting" would look like a kindergartener learning how to write using crayons. No thanks. I'll stick with using the "impersonal" keyboard.
    harry_dyke
    • *seems

      Oy vay.
      harry_dyke
  • I wish Google would

    stop working on these (admittedly cool) secondary features and get the core of Docs right first. still no real error bars in spreadsheets and copy/paste from spreadsheets to power points is still wonky at best.
    theoilman
    • That's because they don't have a place to steal the fix from

      The OOo code is not too compatible, and they are not smart enough to figure out how to learn from it.
      wackoae