The usual keyboard lets handwrite something, but it digitizes the handwrite before sending it. On the other hand, many apps allow direct sending of an image or gif.

How can I quickly prevent digitizing and send the handwritten text or drawn image like an image file?

  • Also on SoftwareRecs.SE: softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/87452/520
    – Andrew T.
    Jul 10, 2023 at 14:38
  • Could you clarify what is it your looking for . When you say digitize what do u mean ? - convert to text ? . No keyboard apps do not do what google lens does. If you mean to send an image or handwritten notes all u do is capture a sreenshot of that image. Gboard will store that image in its clipboard ( enable clipboard ) Jul 14, 2023 at 8:25
  • @user1874594 I believe OP wants the latter, similar to the handwriting feature on the (now defunct) MSN Messenger
    – Andrew T.
    Jul 14, 2023 at 17:01
  • @user1874594 as per andrew comment. Jul 17, 2023 at 4:34

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These are ways you can get done what I think you want done. Its possible to share your handwrtitten screenshot as an image. But that is limited by the app your sharing it with rather than gboard ( e.g. some messenger or whatsapp )and its permissiveness to allow pasting images besides text. Other alternatives to gboard IMHO do not allow handwriting input e.g. swiftkey though they may offer a clipboard feature

-- Turn Gboard into a handwriting pad area. Under settings- thee is a handwriting option per language if its available. Most languages have it available. When you use the handwriting input feature on Gboard, your handwritten text is converted into typed text in real-time. As you write, Gboard recognizes ( or may mistake depending on how good your writing was ) the characters you’re writing and converts them into typed text, which is then entered into the text field of the app you’re using. This means that you can use handwriting input with any app that allows text input, just like you would use the regular keyboard. Gboard does not convert your handwriting into an image.

To do this take a screenshot and it will be stored into the clipboard ( see following pt below ) and share the screen shot ( provided that app allows image sharing )

-- Use a keyboard app that allows Image sharing. Gboard has this feature. To use it turn on the clipboard toggle ( have the latest version btw ) - take a screenshot ( Gboard automatically stores any image you put in clipboard memory ) and then head to the app that you want to share it with ( e.g. Whatsapp or gmail ) . As long as it :

  • permits the text input space ( aka lets a keyboard open )
  • allows you to "drop" an image. You can get this done and that image is in your clipboard for a hr or so. After that it gets deleted . To make it permanent pin the clipboard and it will be there forever and you can share it as many times as needed.

-- Use the app that generated the image / scribble. E.g. in Google Keep - you can scribble stuff and use the system share dialogue of that app to share it with other apps like WhatsApp. Here is a small guide

These are the fundamental approaches to get done what you want

  • That is not what question asked for. Jul 17, 2023 at 4:22
  • Thanks, I hope these not be useful for someone else. What I do currently is save the handwriting as an image and share the image. it's quicker than taking a screenshot and cropping the handwriting. Jul 17, 2023 at 4:33
  • using gboard u cant save handwriting as image unless its screenshot- when you use handwriting i/p from gboard it will convert into text always an & afaik does does give any save as image option. If you use a specific app that has its own add on to keyboard features then that would perhaps permit it which is what I said - how to send that handwriting depends on the app interacting with keyboard rather than the keyboard itself - so closest you can come to blanketing a rule is a screenshot which gboard will save automatically Jul 17, 2023 at 6:17

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