Exploring the Pen Input Control in Power Apps


In the realm of app development, interactivity and customization are paramount for creating engaging user experiences. The Pen Input control in Power Apps offers a versatile canvas for unleashing creativity and capturing handwritten input within your applications. Whether it's sketching diagrams, annotating images, or collecting signatures, the Pen Input control empowers developers to incorporate freehand drawing capabilities seamlessly. In this comprehensive blog post, we delve into the benefits, features, limitations, and step-by-step instructions for leveraging the Pen Input control effectively in your Power Apps projects.


  1. Enhanced User Engagement: The Pen Input control enables users to interact with your apps in a more intuitive and natural way, fostering engagement and usability.
  2. Versatility: From capturing signatures on forms to annotating images and diagrams, the Pen Input control offers a wide range of applications across various scenarios.
  3. Customization: Developers can customize the appearance and behavior of the Pen Input control to suit the specific requirements of their apps, providing flexibility and control.
  4. Efficiency: With the ability to capture handwritten input directly within the app, users can complete tasks more efficiently, reducing the need for additional tools or manual processes.
  5. Personalization: Handwritten input adds a personal touch to apps, enhancing the overall user experience and making interactions more memorable.


  1. Freehand Drawing: Users can draw or write directly on the canvas using their finger, stylus, or mouse.
  2. Color and Thickness Options: Customize the color and thickness of the pen stroke to suit your design preferences.
  3. Undo and Redo: Easily correct mistakes or undo changes with the built-in undo and redo functionality.
  4. Clear and Erase: Clear the entire canvas or erase specific portions of the drawing as needed.
  5. Export as Image: Save the handwritten input as an image file for further use or sharing.
  6. Integration with Other Controls: Seamlessly integrate the Pen Input control with other controls and functions within your Power Apps, such as saving drawings to a database or triggering actions based on user input.


  1. Precision: Handwriting recognition may vary based on the input device and the user's handwriting style, leading to potential inaccuracies.
  2. Complexity: Advanced features such as shape recognition or text conversion may not be fully supported by the Pen Input control.
  3. Performance: Drawing complex or intricate designs may impact app performance, especially on low-powered devices or slower connections.

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Open Power Apps Studio
    Power app
  2. Launch Power Apps Studio on your desktop or through the Power Apps web portal.
  3. Create a New App
    Create new app
  4. Click on the "Create" button to start a new app creation process.
  5. Choose the "Canvas app from blank" template to begin with a blank canvas.
  6. Add Pen Input Control.
     Input Control
  7. Once in the canvas app workspace, navigate to the "Insert" tab in the top menu bar.
  8. Select the "Pen Input" control from the "Input" category and drag it onto your canvas.
  9. Customize Pen Input Properties.
    Customize Pen
  10. With the Pen Input control selected, explore the various properties in the properties pane to customize its appearance and behavior.
    Various properties
  11. Adjust properties such as stroke color, thickness, and background color to match your app's design.
  12. Giving Some UI
    Some UI
    Pen control
  13. Save and Publish Your App
    • Once you've configured the Pen Input control to your liking, save your changes.
    • Click on the "File" tab and select "Save" to save your app.
    • Finally, publish your app by clicking on the "File" tab again and selecting "Publish to Power Apps" to make it accessible to users.
      Publish Your App


The Pen Input control in Power Apps empowers developers to add rich drawing capabilities to their applications, enhancing interactivity and user engagement. With its customizable features and seamless integration, the Pen Input control offers endless possibilities for capturing handwritten input and fostering creativity within your apps. By following the step-by-step instructions outlined in this blog post, developers can harness the full potential of the Pen Input control and create immersive user experiences that leave a lasting impression. Incorporate the Pen Input control into your Power Apps projects and unlock new avenues for expression and interaction.

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