Best Handwriting to text app?

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    I'm looking for a free and simple app that will convert handwriting to text as simply as possible. Tried onenote and evernote and not sure they will work for what I need. I just need a notepad looking app that I write in then hit a button and it is now text. So far I have not found anything that is that simple.
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    Do you have the Pro or RT? Which version of OneNote did you try? You can also use the built in keyboard writing to text for any app like Word or even plain old notepad.
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    I have a Surface Pro

    I'd like a stand alone program to write in and literally hit one button when I'm done to convert my handwriting to text. I don't like doing that through the default keyboard as it disrupts the writing flow.

    so, I open program I write in it, I hit a button and everything I've written is now text.

    Does such a program exist?

    Am I missing something with Onenote cause I have not seen how to do this in that program and evernote was a serious cludge when trying.
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    Which version of OneNote did you try? The free Modern IE version or full Office version (which year)?
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    in DT One note under the draw tab hit Ink to text or Windows Journal you have to Lasso what you write than convert to text,
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    I've used the free one note, not the paid office. So is their no free app that can do this? Seems like a pretty simple thing but I'm not having much luck here, the free metro one note has no way to convert to text that I have found.

    Journal is a pain with the lasso stuff and after it's done it seem to dramatically change the font size of the text.

    I just want to write and when i write I will write within the lines and be pretty close and just hit button and the converted text is int he right place and ready to print.
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    Well you cant have your cake and eat it too..:LOL: You can do what you listed above in the paid version of One Note-- so buck up cheepo...jk..:wink:, i have not tried it in the free version - anyone else know if you can with it.....I dont get the font problem with WJ..
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    I tried in the free version and their is no option to convert handwriting to text that I could find. Wish their was maybe a 5$ app on the windows store that could do this, I'm not interested in going full on paid Office just for this one feature.
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    I just noticed there is an in app trial for English Handwriting conv if you dont want to pay for all languages. You can even try it first before buying - in the free app look for add on store. the Eng conv addon is $7.99. If you get it report back how it works....thx
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    What is the name of the app?
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    It is linked in post 9 but the name is note anytime
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    I noticed in OneNote there is a menu command to convert all ink on a page to text, saves the hassle of the lasso.
    Just realized it is the same option, but if you don't use the lasso tool it seems to just convert all text. I'm just a slow learner sometimes
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