E‑mail your handwritten notes using Windows Journal

To send notes to someone, you can attach the Windows Journal file, or you can convert ink to typed text and automatically insert the text into an e‑mail message.

Warning

  • When you create a note in Journal, it records the date and time when each page is created, the position of the ink stroke, and the date and time when you make each ink stroke. Journal uses this information to group words and optimize the accuracy of handwriting recognition. This information is encoded and then stored with the note file. Although the information isn't visible, someone with access to the note file might be able to extract and decode it. If you don't want this information to be available when you send someone a note, you can export the file to a Web Archive (a file with the extension .mht) or to a TIFF file. To do this, on the File menu, tap Export As.

To send a Journal note as an e‑mail attachment

  1. Open Windows Journal by tapping the Start button Picture of the Start button, typing Journal in the search box, and then tapping Windows Journal in the list of results.

  2. Open the note that you want to attach to an e‑mail message.

  3. Tap the File menu, and then tap Send to Mail Recipient.

  4. In the Send to Mail Recipient dialog box, tap the type of file that you want to attach.

    An e‑mail message will open with the file attached.

To convert selected handwriting and send the text in an e‑mail message

  1. Open Windows Journal by tapping the Start button Picture of the Start button, typing Journal in the search box, and then tapping Windows Journal in the list of results.

  2. On the Pen toolbar, tap Selection Tool Picture of the selection tool.
  3. Draw a circle around the ink that you want to convert.

  4. Tap the Actions menu, and then tap Convert Selection to E‑mail.

  5. Review the text in the Converted text box. If you need to make a correction, tap the word that was recognized incorrectly, tap the correct word in the Alternative box, and then tap Change.

    If a word is marked with a green background, it's likely that you need to correct it.

  6. Tap Convert.

    The converted text will automatically appear in the body of an e‑mail message.

Notes

  • Converting handwriting to text uses handwriting recognition. You can change handwriting recognition settings by tapping the Tools menu, tapping Options, and then tapping the Other tab.

  • You can convert ink to text from a pen only. You can't convert ink from a highlighter.