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Using Apple Pencil with Keynote for iOS

In case you were wondering, the Apple Pencil, which is compatible with the iPad Pro (both 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models), works with Keynote on iOS. When you construct slides, however, the Pencil merely works much as your finger would if your finger had a precise point — because Keynote offers no freeform drawing option, you can’t sketch items on slides. Nonetheless you can use the Pencil, as you would your finger, to manipulate objects.

Where the Pencil does comes in handy is when you use your iPad to present slides: with the Pencil you can use the markup tools to draw on a slide that is being presented. To reveal and choose the markup tools when you give a Keynote presentation from your iPad, press and hold briefly on the current slide.

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