To using Surface Pro 4 Pen as a mouse in PowerPoint 2016 instead of inking
Previously using my Surface Pro 2, I was able to use the Surface pen as a mouse so I can handle objects, such as shapes as pictures in PowerPoint just as I would with a mouse. But now using a Surface Pro 4 the pen acts as a pen and the only thing it can do it write with ink and cannot work with objects.
This is a big disadvantage for me. I was wondering how I can turn off this feature so that I can use the pen as a mouse cursor again instead of inking.
The same issue happens on Word and Excel.
I find this very frustrating as I cannot get my work done.
Any help would be so much appreciated.
I wanted to let everyone know that in the update to Office that started rolling out to Insiders today, you will find a new preference in the Options dialog to allow you to make the pen select instead of ink by default. Enabling this preference will make the pen function exactly like it did before, plus you can use the options on the Draw tab if you do decide you want to ink. If you are an Office Insider (which anyone can join at https://products.office.com/en-us/office-insider), you should get this update within the next day or so. If you are not an Office Insider, it may take another week or two to reach you.
This is a per-app preference, so you can enable selection by default in Excel for instance while leaving ink as the default in Word and PowerPoint, or you can switch all three. To access this preference select File > Options, and then in the Options dialog select Advanced and check ‘Use pen to select and interact with content by default’ in the new Pen section.
We’ll be releasing the second piece, which is the ability to toggle on pen selection via the Draw tab for those that only want to use the pen to select occasionally, with the next monthly update.
Thanks again to all of you for your feedback, and we hope this change addresses your concerns.
lorne Switzer commented
Same issue - want to have the mouse feature of the pen back
You'll need to either roll back your version of Office or install the Office Insider version which has the option to disable this ill conceived, poorly executed, and extremely irksome "feature". The third option is to wait another few weeks (probably a month) for the "fix" to be released to all Office users.
For baffling and likely un-knowable reasons, the inking option is the default and you will have to manually turn this bug off for each of the Office products that employs inking. If you read the post by "PowerPoint Product Team [MSFT]" above, there's more information. Hopefully you subscribed to this thread and will receive this comment as an email.
On my Surface Pro 3 and after downloading the windows 10 I am unable to use my Surface pen as cursor whenever I have a word document am working on. I am unable to use Surface pen to highlight and as a cursor, rather it writes allover the material am working on.
Please help me.
Michael Willy commented
Works!. Good job guys.
Zia, the fix is still a few weeks away. You can follow the link above and get the Office Insider version to get the fix immediately.
Zia Perriman commented
I have trouble with my pen for the surface pro 3, it will not stop drawing and prevents access to fonts - how do I stop it doing this please
Truly a screw up on your part. Why should I have to do anything to get my tablet to work the WAY IT DID WHEN I BOUGHT IT? Must be nice to be Microsoft and not have to care.
YOU HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING - I GAVE MS A CHANCE - WONT HAPPEN AGAIN...
This problem is 3 weeks old and no fresh information has been forthcoming. I do not think you have to uninstall 2016 (though I did) as long as you run a different bit version (32 vs 64) for each.
Yes, it is a bit extreme, however I could not use the office suit on my tablet which is more extreme. I paid a great deal of money in order to use Office on my Surface and this "feature" has taken that ability from me. This entire debacle has cost me tremendous amounts of time trying to solve the "feature" they introduced.
I do not expect the promised remedy to be forth-coming. I actually expect that they will not address it for a few months. I imagine that the "feature" will only be turned off after they lose a major corporate or government contract.
jim haras commented
The uservoice (Daniel) says MS will be turning on a feature to allow users to turn of the pen writing and return the pen to mouse function as default. Can we get and Estimated Time of Update? For use to uninstall 2016 and revert to 2013 seems fraught with danger and time consumption. Please advise.
If you have Office 365 you can install the 2013 version and this will get rid of inking, though you'll be using an older version; at least you're tablet will be functional. To get to the Office 2013 install, I've uploaded an visual instruction set that starts at the Office 365 user account dashboard. It is not at all intuitive and it's buried, but once you see where everything is on the page, it should be straightforward:
This is ridiculous.
No mouse in word whaaat
Nothing but problems in my new surface pro 4
< No use of keyboard when unattached from screen (eye/back health) blue tooth the keyboard with pen
<Windows 10 stops older PC from working
When will this problem be fixed? Strikes of pride and arrogance (or incompetence) to force this wrong decision on your customers causing mayhem, then not do anything to solve the problem for 2 weeks. .
March 7th, is this fixed yet?
B. Knudsen commented
TURN THIS FEATURE OFF Microsoft!
How can one design such a think sitting behind a 42" screen not thinking people are not using ofice only for fun. I have now wasted at east 2 hours compagny time just to find a way getting back to normal. Just want to update some text in a XL sheet. Good that open office can open the MS documents...!
If you have admin privileges and a 365 account, you can go and select "install and language options" then select "additional install options" and you have the option to install 2013. This will at least restore functionality to your stylus until they get their act together out in Redford.
When will the fix be available? I'm going to have to install an old version of PowerPoint so I can continue to work using my Surface and Wacom. I've had to plug in a mouse as a result of this, I've not used a mouse since 1995! What's the point of a stylus if I can't use it.
it's cool that you said you would fix this and all, but it's March 3rd. where is the fix?