Published February 2, 2021

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

Reference ID: MC236019

MC236019 – We have updated this message to ensure visibility. There are no changes to the details below.

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)

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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