How to See and Use Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10

How to See and Use Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10 – The Anniversary update is yet to arrive still speculations for the advanced stuff in it are at the center of discussion. Microsoft is also presenting it as a historical event. We are here with one one of the most awaited feature Windows Ink Workspace. You will read here everything you need to know in the workspace.


At first, it is essential to know what is Windows Ink Workspace. Microsoft has planned to enhance a new element to Windows 10 according to which you can use your digital Pen to execute several functions via Windows Ink. Windows Ink facilitates you the platform where you are able to write Notes, Sketch your ideas and do a lot more things with the integration of few apps.

How to Use Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10

If your computer has a working digital pen added to it, you can comfortably make the Windows Ink Workspace visible on your screen, alternatively, you can bring by following the below-written steps –

See Windows Ink Workspace

Step 1 – Locate some vacant space on your taskbar and perform a right-click over there, and on the visible popped up menu click or tap the choice entitled as Show Windows Ink Workspace button.

Show Windows Ink Workspace button Right click taskbar

Step 2 – After executing the above step you will soon notice an icon for Windows Ink Workspace being shown at the taskbar and when you hit it, the Workspace will be appearing along the right edge of the screen.

Use Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10

Use Windows Ink Workspace

Step 3 – In the popped up menu, in the first place stands the Sticky Notes whereas the second spot is occupied by Sketchpad where you can draw your thoughts and the last feature is the Screen sketch.

Sticky Notes

The first built-in experience that you will see are the Sticky Notes which facilitates you to create and save your notes to your PC and also empowers you to modify the feature in little ways like color and size but however there are lots to come in future updates.

Step 1 – Click or hit on Sticky Notes and you will witness one note being displayed on the screen.

Note – When you open this for the first time, a box with a title that reads as Enable insights will arrive, click or hit the Allow button to add extra data to your notes and the help will be provided by Cortana and Bing.

Enable Insights Allow button

Step 2 – To include more notes, click or hit the Add note (+)  button that is visible on the upper left end of the note and you will notice another blank note, however, you can also jointly strike Ctrl & N keys to launch an additional note.

Add Note button Sticky notes Windows Ink Workspace

Step 3 – In the current preview, it carried an update where the Sticky Notes holds a capability to create Cortana reminders from your notes which will cover all your devices and eventually Bing will also come into the picture in future updates.

Step 4 – When you write a URL, you will notice a link entitled as Open Link at the bottom and a click or hit on it will straightaway Edge will launch showing the entered webpage.

Open Link Sticky Notes Windows Ink Workspace

Step 5 – To modify the color of the Sticky Notes, click or hit the three vertical dots, point to Color, then click or hit the required shade and enjoy the look of your preferred color.

Change Color Sticky Notes Windows Ink Workspace

Step 6 – To view the settings of this ink powered feature, click or hit three vertical dots followed by a point on Settings and then you can notice two settings – Send application usage statistics and Enable insights. 

Sticky Notes Settings Windows Ink Workspace

Send application usage statistics – A tick mark on this means this setting is enabled and a statistics of the usage will be sent to Microsoft which will eventually help the team for further enhancements.

Enable insights – This is the same setting that you are asked in your first approach to Sticky Notes. A tick mark on it defines you are set to receive all the contextual help from Cortana and bing.

Step 7 – If you desire to alter the size of the notes, simply hold any of its corners and stretch it outwards to increase the size and inwards to decrease the size.


With Sketchpad, you can draw your ideas and innovations straightaway on your computer.

Step 1 – Click or hit Sketchpad, and by default, you can view a sketch there.

Step 2 – You can do away with default sketch by twice clicking on the Eraser button and clicking the Clear all option that pops up.

Clear all Sketchpad Windows Ink Workspace

Step 3 – Now, the blank canvas is in front of you where you can sketch out your thoughts by using the tools that you can view on the top of the canvas.

Tools to edit Sketchpad Windows Ink Workspace

Step 4 – You can take help of the ruler to draw straight lines and in the current update, a compass has been included whose indicator turns bold when the ruler is aligned on any of the cardinal points or midpoints.

Ruler compass indicator Windows Ink Workspace

Step 5 – Click or hit the Save as button on the top and save your sketch in your preferred location or use the Share button to share the creativity with your colleagues or friends.

Screen sketch

This built-in ink feature can bestow you to draw on a screen capture of your full desktop, let us explain screen sketch with an illustration –

Step 1 – Spread out the apps or images on the screen on which you prefer to add your custom details, for example, let me open a picture on one side and Word app on the other half of the screen.

Step 2 – Now, launch Windows Ink Workspace and click or hit Screen sketch in the popped up menu, the third one that bestows you to put your thoughts on the screen grab of your full desktop.

Screen sketch desktop screen Windows Ink Workspace

Step 3 – The Screen sketch will exhibit the screen capture of the entire desktop and then you can add your emotions, thoughts, lines, sketches, drawing, whatever you like.

Step 4 – Just like the sketchpad, click Save as and Share button  in order to store or share your work of art or creations with your colleagues, families and friends here also.

Well, this is something amazing where you can put your thoughts in the picture and Windows 10 bestows you certain pen settings that empower you to perform little customizations. To see the pen settings, observe the below steps –

Step 1 – Strike the combination of Win logo and I key and in the popped up Settings program, click or hit Devices.

Step 2 – On the left column, click or hit Pen segment (this is noticeable for the devices that have digital pen assigned to their machines).

Step 3 – When you Look at the other side you notice all the related settings of a pen which bestows you the settings to manage the behavior of your pen along with the choices to decide what programs you desire to launch when a particular button is pressed.

Windows 10 Pen settings

More on this topic is yet to arrive and hopefully, this summer might present the awesome features.

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Love to play with Windows 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.

One thought on “How to See and Use Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10

  1. Jonasz Lazar says:

    any Ideas on how to use Windows Ink if my Surface is docked and not the primary screen. Windows Ink seems to start always on the primary screen and I didn’t find any settings where I could Change this.

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