New Google tool turns handwriting into text

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For many, typing has long overtaken handwriting as their primary word and sentence creation method. So much so that some schools no longer teach cursive.

Google says it can now take your handwritten scribble and turn it into text.

The company has rolled out a new feature to G-mail and Google docs.

Those tools now allow you to write out what you want to say with a mousepad or cursor and Google will do its best to create a typed version of your words.

The input box will show the most likely matches for your word, so below your handwritten “cats” it might display this list of possible words: cats, rats, Cats, oats, and carts. Click on the right one and keep on writing.

“Handwriting input makes the internet easier to use by people worldwide and is also part of a larger effort to break the barrier between languages,” said Google’s Xiangye Xia in a blog post announcing the feature.

To use the feature you have to first enable it in your settings tab.

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