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Windows 11: This is the new and improved Ink Workspace panel

Windows 11 Ink Workspace
Windows 11 Ink Workspace (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Windows 11 has a new Ink Workspace panel that brings new features over Windows 10.
  • It's now more customizable and useful than Windows 10.
  • Here's a first look at what has changed with Windows 11 and Ink Workspace.

Windows 11 includes a brand new Ink Workspace panel that is a huge improvement over the current Windows 10 one. This new version of the Ink Workspace is customizable, allowing creators to pin any apps they'd like to a quick-launch bar that is easily accessible via a pen peripheral.

The previous version of the Ink Workspace was limited to the snipping tool and the Microsoft Whiteboard app. On Windows 11, the user is able to configure the Ink Workspace to show shortcuts to any installed Windows app, whether they be pen optimized or not. You can pin up to four apps to appear when the Pen Workspace is initiated either via the Taskbar button or via a physical button on your pen.

The Ink Workspace also features a new UI, which matches the rest of the Windows 11 rounded Fluent style. It features a suble acrylic blur effect in the app selection list too, which is always a nice touch. The "pin apps" list also has a suggested area which prioritizes apps that appear to be marked as pen compatible, such as OneNote or Photoshop.

It's crazy that the old Ink Workspace wasn't customizable like it is on Windows 11, but it's good to finally see Microsoft add this obvious functionality.

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Oh good, it's moving back to where it started. Before they dumbed it down.
  • Panos doesn't understand that inking happens when you put pen to screen, not screen capture and then opening the capture in an app.
    When you put pen to screen, all the capturing and app opening should happen seamlessly automatic.
  • What would you want it to do differently? The current system does engage Inking when the pen comes to the screen, if in an app that supports inking (like all of MS Office). Is that still falling short of what you'd like?
  • Yes thats what I mean but when you're in desktop or outside in-app support, you still have to do a screen grab.
  • I still haven't seen anything in these photos that says "Windows 11"... Does it say Windows 11 under system in settings?
  • When installing, it says that it's installing Windows 11.
  • It shows Windows 11 when: When running the installer/setup/OOBE In Settings > About In WinVer I've added some photos to our main post on it for you to see.
  • Ink worspace panel is great. Can someone confirm if pen input has improved? Like a better handwriting input panel or more "scribble" like features on text input boxes in the UI?
  • Marginally useful. What they should do is offer a pen that has some mechanism to designate changes without having to lift it off the screen, such as a touch strip, ring, etc., and then let you set what that should do by application. E.g., change pens in OneNote, zoom in and out in PhotoShop. Basically, a pen with Microsoft Dial included.
  • That would useful and this would have been a good opportunity for MS to have added it. I do know there are 3rd party apps where the ring is than binded to hotkeys or OS functions instead of integrated by MS & developers.