Question out of curiosity – Windows Ink Workspace icon just appeared

An icon for Windows Ink Workspace suddenly appeared a few days ago on the far right of my Windows 10 taskbar, just to the left of the time and date display. I googled “Windows Ink” to get a general idea of ​​what it is and what it does, but why and how did it suddenly appear on my taskbar? I am not aware of having used Windows Ink before.

The machine in question is a Dell XPS 8700 desktop computer, running Windows 10 Professional 64-bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044.1586. The only “pointing device” on this computer is a Microsoft Sculpt Comfort mouse, connected via Bluetooth. I have an interest in graphic arts and am an active “serious” photographer, but have not yet made any serious attempt at computer drawing or painting.

I assume that means that Microsoft Ink was hinted, unbeknownst to me, by something I found while doing a Google search?

EDIT 5 minutes later: I went to Settings > Personalize > Taskbar > Choose which icons appear on the taskbar, expecting to find the Windows Ink Workspace icon there. It wasn’t there, and moreover it had now (while I was still looking at “Choose which icons” on the taskbar page) disappeared from my taskbar, where it had been for at least two or three days and had persisted through a few computer restarts.

Go figure?

Edited by saluqi, yesterday, 6:53 p.m.


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