PowerPoint contains inking features that can be very useful to many presenters when creating slides. The challenge is that the way the default settings work, you might think you can’t use these features unless you have a touchscreen device. If you have a touchscreen laptop or tablet you will see the Draw ribbon in PowerPoint that allows you to access all these features. No touchscreen, no Draw ribbon. But you can add the Draw ribbon regardless of whether you have a touchscreen or not. Here’s how.
Step 1: Access the Ribbon Customization dialog box
In PowerPoint, right-click in a blank area of any ribbon. The Slide Show or Review ribbon usually have a lot of blank space on the right side because they don’t have a lot of sections or buttons. In the menu that pops up, select the Customize the Ribbon option.
Step 2: Turn on the Draw ribbon
In the Ribbon Customization dialog box (it is actually one of the sections of the PowerPoint Options dialog box), look at the list of ribbons on the right side. Any ribbon with a checkmark beside it will be displayed by default. If you don’t have a touchscreen on your computer, the Draw ribbon will not have a checkmark. You can go ahead and check the checkbox beside the Draw ribbon name in the list. After you click the OK button at the bottom of the dialog box, you will now have access to all of the inking features of PowerPoint.