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Google has extended its input tool range to handwriting recognition on Gmail and Google Docs. In the latest announcement, Gmail and Google Docs have included handwriting among the input tools, and have made it available in Google Docs for over 20 languages and in Gmail for over 50 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Hindi and Russian. Handwriting recognition makes it easier to communicate with non-Latin characters.

This support article takes you through the simple steps to enable handwriting recognition with Google Input tools. The handwriting input is represented by a pencil icon which allows you to go with the language of your choice. Scrawl on the screen with your mouse or track pad, and the Gmail or Google Docs interface will display the characters. Handwriting input lets you enter single or multiple words in one go. Beyond playing with words and having fun, handwriting support should also enable you to enrich your communication by entering foreign words that are not possible with a tap on the keys.

Handwriting Recognition

Google introduced handwriting recognition in Google Translate Google Translate Updates Includes Handwriting Translation and Seven New Languages Google Translate Updates Includes Handwriting Translation and Seven New Languages Google this week posted a significant update to its powerful and easy to use Google Translate (Free) iOS app, to include handwriting input, seven new languages, and a modern redesign of the user interface. Read More last month. But Gmail and Google Docs should see it being used in larger numbers. Tell us if you try it out.

Source: Gmail Blog

  1. Neel
    November 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    For handwriting on forms, I would use It turns your handwriting into a spreadsheet (.csv)

    • Saikat B
      November 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Cool. But only the first 10 pages seem to be free in the trial. Bummer.

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