|What Is Math Handwriting?||Editing Math Handwriting in Mathematica|
|Enter a Mathematical Expression||Math Handwriting Conventions|
Mathematica uses the Microsoft math recognizer that is built into Windows 7 to recognize handwritten mathematical expressions. This allows you to enter handwritten standardized mathematical notation into a Mathematica notebook in TraditionalForm.
1. Open a Mathematica notebook and hover the pen near the insertion point. When the icon or "handwriting input hover target" icon appears, tap it. Equivalently, you can choose Window ► Show Handwriting Input.
Note: If your handwritten math is misrecognized, you can correct it either by selecting a suggested alternative or by rewriting the misrecognized part of the mathematical expression. See "Editing Math Handwriting in Mathematica" for more information on making corrections.
4. Tap Insert to enter the recognized math into the Mathematica notebook in TraditionalForm.
If the Windows math recognizer does not correctly recognize your handwritten math input, you can erase all or part of your handwriting, undo or redo the last recorded pen stroke, or circle portions of the mathematical expression and get a list of possible interpretations.
Using the workflow described in "Enter a Mathematical Expression", enter a well-formed handwritten mathematical expression into the Math Handwriting Input dialog.
Tip: If your symbols are too close together, you may need to leave more room between them. Select all or part of the expression and then drag the selected handwriting to another part of the writing area. (To drag, use the move handle that appears when the cursor is on the edge of the selection box.)
The Windows math recognizer uses italics for recognized individual variables and roman text for recognized mathematical constants. For example, "" represents the multiplication of the variables "", "", and "", but "sin" (without italics) represents the sine function.
- For expressions like to be treated as multiplication, the multiplication sign must be explicit as in .