Fix Draw with Touch Not Working, Greyed Out in Word, Excel, PowerPoint

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Draw With Touch is a new feature that allows users to draw directly on their documents using a stylus or their fingers. This can be beneficial for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint users who want to annotate their documents or create diagrams without having to use separate drawing software. But many users are struggling with this new feature as the Draw With Touch is not working in Excel, PowerPoint, or Word.

If this feels like your problem as well, then go through this fixing guide to get it solved.

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How to Fix if Draw With Touch is not Working

If you’re using Microsoft Office apps and find that the Draw With Touch feature is not working, there are a few things you can try to fix the issue.

Fix 1: Enable Draw with Touch feature

By default Draw with touch feature is not enabled in the application, you have to manually enable it.

Here are the steps to manually enable it:

Step 1: Click the File option from the top left of the Office app’s window.

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Step 2: Now, click on Options to open up the Options dialog box.

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Step 2: Click Customize Ribbon on the left pane.

Step 3: On the right side, choose the tab where you want to place the Draw with Touch feature. For example, Draw tab.

Step 4: Click the “New Group” button, and it will add a custom group. You can also rename the group if you want to.

Step 5: Now on the left side, in the “Choose commands from: section choose “All commands” from the list.

Step 6: Now search for the Draw with touch, then click the add button and it will appear in the custom group you made on the right side.

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Step 7: Finally, click on OK to save the changes.

Now you should be able to access the Draw with touch feature from your Draw tab.

Fix 2: Repair Word/Excel/PowerPoint

If you have already enabled Draw with Touch feature and still facing issues with it, then you can try repairing your concerned application.

Here are the steps to repair the concerned application, be it Word, Excel, or PowerPoint:

Step 1: Right-click the Start button, and select Apps and Features on the pop-up menu.

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Step 2: Select the Microsoft Office application you want to repair, and select Modify.

Step 3: Now (if your Office is MSI-based install), In Change your installation, select Repair and then click Continue. and if your office is a Click-to-runbased install, then the next step is for you.

Step 4: In the window How would you like to repair your Office Programs, select Online Repair, and click “Repair“.

Step 5: Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the repair and once the repaid is done, restart your PC.

Fix 3: Change Layout (only for MS Word)

If your Draw with Touch feature is enabled but the Draw tab is greyed out and you cannot click on it, then maybe it is because your layout is set to Web Layout.

Here are the steps to change it:

Step 1: Open MS Word on your PC.

Step 2: Click on the View tab.

Step 3: In the Views section, select the Print Layout option.

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Fix 4: Run DISM and SFC scans

Corrupted or missing system files and DLLs can also cause problems sometimes. To fix that, you can take help from Microsoft’s pre-built SFC and DISM scans to repair the corrupted and missing system files.

Step 1: Search cmd in the search box and open the Command prompt as administrator on the PC.

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Step 2: In the Command Prompt window, execute this command:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

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Step 3: Wait for the process to complete. It may take around 20-30 mins.

Step 4: When done, execute the following command to start the SFC Scan:

sfc /scannow

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Step 5: Reboot your PC now, to complete the SFC Scan.

Fix 5: Reinstall the concerned Office application

If any of the fixes listed above don’t work for you, you can try uninstalling the application causing issue, or whole the Microsoft Office and reinstall the latest version.

Here is the official way how Microsoft recommends doing it:

Step 1: To begin with, download the Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant tool from this link.

Step 2: Once the tool is downloaded, launch the file and install it.

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Step 3: Once installed, launch it and select the version you want to uninstall. Then hit Next.

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Step 4: Follow through the remaining screens and when prompted, restart your computer. After restarting your computer, the uninstall tool will automatically re-open to complete the final step of the uninstall process. Follow the remaining prompts.

Step 5: Select the steps for the version of Office you want to install or reinstall. Close the uninstall tool.

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Bottom Line

And with that said, here comes the end of this fixing guide. If you are not able to use the Draw with Touch feature in your Office applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, then it might probably be because of the feature not being enabled. Draw with Touch is not disabled by default. But if the feature greyed out then you are advised to shift to the Printer Layout to use the feature. However, if there are some corrupted or missing system files, causing the issue, the SFC and DISM PC scan should do the trick. And lastly, if nothing works, then you should consider reinstalling the Office applications.

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