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Add handwritten notes in Polaris Office on Galaxy Note devices

Instead of trying to explain with text or slides alone, add some handwritten notes or drawings to your documents with these quick steps.

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Sometimes only so much explaining can be done with text on the screen. Adding a handwritten drawing or diagram can help pull together and solidify an idea. This is especially true when you're following along on a document that was given to you, like a business plan or notes for a class.

Polaris Office works with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF files. When using this app on a Galaxy Note series device, you can use the included S Pen to draw directly in your documents. Here's how:

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First, open a document or presentation in Polaris Office. Then, tap on the plus-sign button near the top right-hand corner. A new menu will appear, choose Free draw.

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Adjusting the color or style of the pen is easy: just tap on the pen icon near the upper right-hand corner. You can change the strokes to bold and also switch colors. The pen tip can be changed into a highlighter in this menu, and you can also pick a custom color (it doesn't have to be yellow!).

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When you need to erase a pen or highlighting mark, you can do so on an individual basis or by clearing all drawings on the document. The eraser icons are the farthest on the right at the top of the screen. The one in the corner is all markings and the icon to its left is for individual marks.

One drawback is that the highlighting tool will start to hide your text if you go over the same spot more than once. This can be prevented by using clean strokes when highlighting words or passages.

What will you draw into your documents? Tell us in the comments!