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About the Toolbar

About the Radial menu

About using a stylus

Manage notebooks

Add a new notebook

Change the name, color, or paper of a notebook

Delete a notebook

Enable notebook sync

Disable notebook sync

Take notes

Move the Radial menu

Use the Pencil tool

Use the Pen tool

Use the Calligraphy Pen tool

Use the Highlighter tool

Change the size of a writing tool

Change the color of a writing tool

Copy, cut, or paste lines

Erase lines

Change the thickness of the Eraser tool

Clear all lines on a page

Undo the lines you added

Add a picture

Move, resize, or delete a picture

Navigate in and between notebooks

View all your notebooks

View all the pages in your notebook

Open another page in your notebook

Switch between navigating or drawing with your finger

Save the current view as a PNG image

Save your notebook as a PDF file

Customize Plumbago

Change the handwriting smoothing level

Change which side the Toolbar appears

Keyboard shortcuts

Get support

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With Plumbago, you can take great looking notes easily. Whether you're writing, sketching ideas, or doodling designs, Plumbago offers the tools you need to easily capture them.

On the Home screen in Plumbago, you see your notebooks. Here you can add a new notebook or change the name, cover color, or paper type of an existing notebook.


The Home screen displays your notebooks.

Selecting on a notebook opens it. Here you can write or draw on a page in your notebook. You can also add pictures.

new page

A blank page, ready for note taking, sketching, or doodling.

On each page of your notebook, you'll find the Toolbar and Radial menu.

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About the Toolbar

On the Toolbar, you'll find navigation, import, export, touch, and setting options. You can choose to have the Toolbar appear on the left (default) or right side of your page.

Home icon Home  Return to the home screen, which displays all of your notebooks.

View all pages icon Grid view  See all of the pages in your notebook and go to any page.

Navigate or draw mode  Switch between drawing or navigating with your finger or mouse.

add, move, or delete picture icon Add, resize, move, or delete pictures  Add a picture, or resize, move, or delete an existing picture.

save icon Save  Save the current view as a PNG image or save the entire notebook as a PDF file.

settings icon Settings  Specify the handwriting improvement level and where you want the Toolbar to appear.

undo iconUndo  Erase the last line you added. Plumbago supports unlimited undos for each session.

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About the Radial menu

Here you'll find the pencil, pen, calligraphy pen, and highlighter writing tools, as well as selection and erasing tools. You can change the color and width of your writing tools, as well as the width of the eraser tool. To view more colors, swipe to spin the colors in either direction. By clicking the grabber arrows in the center, you can move the Radial menu anywhere on your page.


After you select the Pen, Pencil, Calligraphy Pen, or Highlighter tool in the Radial menu, you can choose the size and color. Swipe either direction to spin and view more colors.


After you make a selection with the Selection tool, you can choose to copy, cut, or paste your selection.


After you select the Eraser tool, you can choose the size. You can also choose to erase everything on the page.

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About using a stylus

You can use a stylus with Plumbago. If you're using a device that does not support a stylus, Plumbago enables finger draw automatically. Depending on the device and stylus you're using, you can use the end of the stylus as an eraser. For example, you can use the end of Surface Pro Pen or Surface Pro 4 stylus as an eraser. To use the end of the Surface Pro Pen for Surface Pro 3 as an eraser, click the left click button.

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Manage notebooks

When you create a new notebook, you can specify the color of the cover, paper type, portrait or landscape orientation, and name of your notebook. After you've created a notebook, you can change its cover color, paper type, or name, but you cannot change its orientation.

If you have a Microsoft account, space in a OneDrive folder, and an internet connection, you can sync all of your notebooks on all of your devices. After you enable notebook syncing, Plumbago automatically syncs all your notebooks each time you open it or click the Sync icon with an internet connection. Plumbago saves your notebooks in the Files/Apps/Plumbago, a Microsoft Garage Project folder in your OneDrive folder.

While syncing notebooks, Plumbago provides a progress bar for each notebook as well as under the Sync notebooks icon. Plumbago provides the following visual status on syncying your notebooks:

updated icon Updated
syncing icon Syncing
error icon Error
offline icon Offline

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Add a new notebook

  1. On the Home screen, select add icon.
  2. On the top of the screen, in the text box, type the name you want.
  3. Select the cover to expand the colors choices, and then select the color you want.
  4. Select the paper type to expand the paper type choices, and then select the paper type you want.
  5. Select the orientation you want: landscape landscape orientation icon or portrait portrait orientation icon .
  6. Select okay icon .

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Change the name, color, or paper of a notebook

  1. On the Home screen, in the lower-right corner on the notebook you want to edit, select edit icon.
  2. Make the changes you want, and then select okay icon.

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Delete a notebook

  1. On the Home screen, in the lower-right corner on the notebook you want to delete, select edit icon.
  2. In the lower left corner, select delete icon.

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Enable notebook sync

  1. On the Home screen, select sync notebooks icon.
  2. Select OneDrive Settings.
  3. If this is the first time you are enabling notebook sync, log in to your Microsoft Account in the dialog box that appears.
  4. Under Enable Plumbago notebook sync, move the slider to On.

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Disable notebook sync

  1. On the Home screen, select settings icon.
  2. Select OneDrive Settings.
  3. Select the Enable Plumbago notebook sync slider and move it to Off.

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Take notes

After you open a notebook, you see the Radial menu and Toolbar on the page. The Radial menu gives you easy access to writing, selection, and eraser tools. The Toolbar provides additional options, such as navigation, sharing, and undo. In each session in a notebook, you can undo an unlimited number of actions.

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Move the Radial menu

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Use the Pencil tool

  1. In the Radial menu, select pencil tool icon.
  2. Select the pencil size you want.
  3. Select the color you want.
    The Pencil tool changes color to the one you selected.

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Use the Pen tool

  1. In the Radial menu, select pen tool icon.
  2. Select the pen size you want.
  3. Select the color you want.
    The Pen tool changes color to the one you selected.

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Use the Calligraphy Pen tool

  1. In the Radial menu, select calligraphy pen tool icon.
  2. Select the pen size you want.
  3. Select the color you want.
    The Calligraphy Pen tool changes color to the one you selected.

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Use the Highlighter tool

  1. In the Radial menu, select highlighter tpol icon.
  2. Select the highlighter size you want.
  3. Select the color you want.
    The Highlighter tool changes color to the one you selected.

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Change the size of a writing tool

  1. In the Radial menu, select the tool you want.
  2. Select the size you want.
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Change the color of a writing tool

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Copy, cut, or paste lines

  1. In the Radial menu, select the Selection tool selection tool.
  2. Draw around the lines you want to select them with the dotted-line lasso.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • To copy, select copy icon.
    • To cut, select cut icon.
    • To paste, select paste icon.

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Erase lines

  1. In the Radial menu, select the Eraser tool eraser icon.
  2. Select the eraser size you want.
  3. Drag through the lines you want to erase.
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Change the thickness of the Eraser tool

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Clear all lines on a page

  1. In the Radial menu, select the Eraser tool eraser icon.
  2. Select clear page icon.
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Undo the lines you added

  1. In the Toolbar, select undo icon.
  2. Repeat step 1 as needed.

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Add a picture

  1. In the Toolbar, select add, move, or delete picture icon, and then in the menu, select Add a picture.
  2. Select the picture you want, and then select Open.

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Move, resize, or delete a picture

  1. In the Toolbar, select add, move, or delete picture icon, and then in the menu, select Modify pictures.
    Plumbago switches into picture editing mode.
  2. On your page, do one of the following:
    • To move a picture, select the one you want and drag it to a new location.
    • To resize a picture, pinch or zoom the picture to the size you want.
    • To delete a picture, in the top right corner of the one you want to delete, select delete icon.
  3. Select anywhere on your page to return to drawing mode.

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Navigate in and between notebooks

On the My notebooks home screen, you can view all of your notebooks. You can also select to view help or the tutorial.

In an open notebook, Plumbago displays the number of the page you're on in the lower portion of the Toolbar. It also appears, along the with the name of your notebook, in the center of your page as you swipe or when you double tap the page.

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View all your notebooks

  1. On the Toolbar, select home icon.
  2. If you have more than three notebooks, scroll to see more notebooks.

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View all the pages in your notebook

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Open another page in your notebook

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Switch between navigating or drawing with your finger or mouse

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Save the current view as a PNG image

  1. On the Toolbar, select save icon, and then in the menu, select Save view as PNG.
  2. In the Save As dialog box, specify where you want to save the image file.
  3. In the File name box, enter a name for the file.
  4. Click Save.

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Save your notebook as a PDF file

  1. On the Toolbar, select save icon, and then in the menu, select Save notebook as PDF.
  2. In the Save As dialog box, specify where you want to save the file.
  3. In the File name box, enter a name for the file.
  4. Click Save.

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Customize Plumbago

Plumbago can help smooth out, or normalize, your handwriting as you write with the Handwriting smoothing option. You can specify the how much improvement you want by adjusting the slider control.

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Change the handwriting smoothing level

  1. On the Toolbar, select settings icon.
  2. In the Settings pane, under Handwriting smoothing, choose the level you want.
  3. Select outside the pane to close it.

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Change which side the Toolbar appears

  1. On the Toolbar, select settings icon.
  2. In the Settings pane, under Toolbar alignment, choose the option you want.
  3. Select outside the pane to close it.

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Keyboard shortcuts

The following table lists the available keyboard shortcuts for common tasks in Plumbago. For keyboard shortcuts in which you press two or more keys simultaneously, the keys are separated by a plus sign (+). For shortcuts in which you press one key immediately followed by another key, the keys are separated by a comma ( , ).

To do this Tap or press
Copy the selected line to the Clipboard. CTRL+C
Cut selected line. CTRL+X
Paste the contents of the Clipboard. CTRL+V
Undo the last action. CTRL+Z
Scroll up pages. DOWN ARROW
Scroll down pages. UP ARROW
Scroll pages the left. RIGHT ARROW
Scroll pages to the right. LEFT ARROW
Clear all lines from the page. DELETE

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Get support

If you have questions, visit the Plumbago forum. Here you can ask the community or provide feedback.

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