I don't use OneNote, but would that work for you rather than the Handwriting Input Panel?I'm an established, dedicated user of handwriting recognition on a Windows XP Pro Motion LE1600 Tablet since 2006.
I use it in the field holding the tablet in portrait format with its bump case elastic straps on my left hand and scribbling notes on cars at collector car auctions to input text into a dBase IV database using the Lotus Approach front end.
Surface Pro seemed the ideal upgrade, but:
1) the Handwriting Input Panel is fixed at the bottom of the screen which is ineffective when holding the Surface Pro in my left hand; the Input Panel needs to be at the top to balance my hand on the screen; and
2) the Handwriting Input Panel seems to be fixed at two lines; I frequently scribble 8 or 10 or more at a time.
Is there any way to overcome these two limitations?
Without this flexibility the Surface Pro is more of a toy than a useful data input device.
Finally someone found out where the training option is hiding. I was searching two days to find it and almost raging because all i found was the guide to use it on vista or win7. Thank you so mich.I found it. It was a strange issue with the german language package i had installed. Reinstalled the package an now it works fine. I can convert my handwriting to text.
Btw... i found the handwriting "training". It's in "control panel"/"Time, Language,Region"/"Add Language"/. Edit the Options of the installed language.