Use your Pixelbook Pen

Pixelbook Pen works with the Google Assistant so you can learn and do more with what's on your screen. With pressure sensitivity, tilt support and virtually no lag, Pixelbook Pen feels natural, like a pen on paper. Here we'll cover what you can do on your Pixel Slate with your Pixelbook Pen.

Pixelbook pen graphic

Note: The Pixelbook Pen is sold separately. Wacom AES styluses can also work with your device, though they may have limited functionality.

Search what’s on your screen

  1. While pressing the Google Assistant button on the Pixelbook Pen, circle the item on screen.
  2. Results will appear in the Google Assistant window.

You can also turn the Google Assistant on for your pen this way:

  1. If this is the first time using your Pixelbook Pen, tap it on your screen to activate.
  2. In the bar along the bottom of your screen, tap Pen Stylus and then Assistant (the pen Stylus will change to the Google Assistant Assistant on your desktop).
  3. Circle the item you want to see results for in the Google Assistant window.
  4. You'll need to turn off the Google Assistant mode when you're done. To do this, tap the Google Assistant Assistant on your desktop. It will change back to Pen Stylus
Turn screen context on or off
  1. On your device, press the Launch assistant key key, say "Ok Google," or touch and hold the Launcher Launch icon in the lower left corner of your screen.
  2. Select Settings Settings
  3. Next to "Let Assistant use what's on your screen," select the toggle to turn on and off.

Get apps for Pixelbook Pen


Find and download apps that work with your Pixelbook Pen.

  1. At the bottom right, select the time to open the status area.
  2. Select Settings Settings
  3. In the "Device" section, select Stylus.
  4. Select Find more stylus apps.

Take notes

Use Google Keep or other compatible note-taking apps to quickly jot down a reminder or take detailed notes, even when your screen is locked.

Take notes instantly from a locked screen

Jump right in to notetaking without entering a password to unlock your screen. Everything else on your device will remain locked and secure. This feature is currently only available with the Google Keep app.

Note: This feature is available only once you've locked your screen. To learn how to lock your screen, see Related articles.

  1. In the top right corner of your locked screen, tap or swipe Note Note icon. This will instantly open your most recent note in the Keep app. 
  2. Use your Pixelbook Pen to take notes in the window that appears. 
  3. If you want full access to your device, select Unlock and enter your password.

Create a new note from a locked screen

You can choose to always create a new note from a locked screen, instead of opening your most recent note.

  1. On your desktop, select Pen Stylus and then SettingsSettings.
  2. Select the toggle next to "Keep latest note on lock screen" to disable.
  3. Going forward, a new note will open when you enter notetaking from a locked screen.

Each time you create a new note from a locked screen, the previous note you created this way won't be accessible from the locked screen.

Turn off note-taking from a locked screen

To disable the ability to take notes from a locked screen:

  1. On your desktop, select Pen  Stylus and then SettingsSettings.
  2. To disable, select the toggle next to "Take notes from lock screen."

You can also switch to a note-taking app that doesn't support the locked screen feature.

Take notes from an unlocked screen

  1. On your desktop, select Pen Stylus.
  2. Select Create note.
  3. In the window that appears, use your pen to take notes.

To change which app you use to take notes:

  1. On your desktop, select Pen Stylus and then SettingsSettings.
  2. In the "Note-taking app" drop-down, choose an app.

Select text with the Pixelbook Pen

  1. With the Pixelbook Pen, long-press on a piece of text to select it. To select more text, drag the selection handles that appear. 

  2. To copy the text, select Copy on the floating button that appears. To see other options, select More. Long-press on an image or hyperlink to select and see options.

Draw or sketch

  1. If you haven't yet, get the Google Play Store app.
  2. Select the Launcher Launch icon and then Up Arrow Up arrow.
  3. Select the app you want to use for drawing, like Keep or Infinite Painter. 
  4. Use the app to draw with your pen.

Use the drawing tools in Google Keep

You can change the drawing mode of the Pixelbook Pen from the Google Keep app. Here are the different settings:

  • To draw thin lines, select the Pen Stylus.
  • To draw thick lines, select the Marker marker.
  • To highlight with color, select the Highlighter highlighter.
  • To pick the color or size of a tool, swipe up to see options.
  • To erase a shape, select the Eraser eraser.
  • To select any shape you've drawn, select Select select.

Take a screenshot

Take a partial screenshot

  1. On your desktop, select Pen Stylus.
  2. Using your pen, select Capture region.
  3. Using your pen, touch and hold somewhere on the screen, then drag.
  4. Release to finish the screenshot.

Take a full-page screenshot

  1. On your desktop, select Pen Stylus .
  2. Select Capture screen.

Use the pen as a laser pointer or magnifying glass

If you’re showing off your artwork or giving a presentation, you can use your pen as a laser pointer. To see something up close, you can use your pen to make part of your screen bigger.

  1. On your desktop, select Pen Stylus.
  2. Select Laser pointer mode or Magnifying glass mode.
  3. Touch the pen to the screen and move it around.
  4. Optional: To turn off the laser pointer or magnifying glass, select Pen Stylus again. 

Change pen settings

  1. At the bottom right, select the time to open the status area.
  2. Select SettingsSettings.
  3. In the "Device" section, select Stylus.
  4. To show or hide the pen icon, turn Show stylus tools in the shelf on or off.
  5. To find & download more apps that work with your pen, select Find more stylus apps.

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