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Guide to Disabling Pen Ring Animations (Dynamic Feedback) on Windows 7



[UPDATE ON 2011-08-14]




The new instructions are MUCH easier to understand and follow.

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brilliant. thanks!

November 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermatt

Just for the record, option 3 does NOT work. At least not for me. I've disabled these services, changed the properites so they don't restart on startup, and STILL have the annoying rings every time I click on something, or use the pen button to right-click. I have an Intuos 3 pad, and Windows 7 home premium. I've also implemented option 1, but that didn't do much either (it did get rid of the hold=right click, and the tablet slide-out thing). I'm a bit apprehensive to try option 2, as I don't like to mess with things in the registry... it's hard to undo. It might work... but for the time being, I'll just deal with the rings.

I know you've already said this, but why in the world did some idiot at MS think we needed animations to tell us when we click on things? I know when I click on something, I can flipping feel it. I know when I press a button - I can press the button. There are no animations for mouse clicks, so what is so different about a pen? What's perhaps most frustrating is that this is a problem for thousands of people, and for years... and from MS? nothing... In fact, this problem got WORSE from Vista --> Win7. My guess is that it's somebody's job to implement these animations, and if they remove them... no more job. More alarming; no official word from Wacom on how to fix this. What is the matter with them? This whole thing is just so incredibly frustrating. It's like screaming at a wall to no avail.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan


the reg file is what finally worked for me, THANKS!
Win 7 home prem & original bamboo

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

I have a compaq laptop running win7 home premium, a modest computer that actually lagged when the ripple animation showed. thank you very much for the help, I use a wacom tablet in graphics programs and it is a much smoother experience now!

Will definitely be recommending this entry for anyone I come across with the same problem.

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentererik

Thank u...

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlbin Klein

Option 2 worked for me, uberyes xD I owe you~

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJust me

Thank you,

Can't believe they keep making mistakes like this, the second Adobe starts distributing their software native on Linux I'm leaving Windows forever.

January 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHerman

I'm sorry to bother you, but I have to say that none of the options worked for me. I have Windows 7 Home Premium and for some reason the effects don't disappear when I disable Tablet PC Input Service, but they DO disappear when I disable TabletServiceWacom, but that is a problem because it makes my settings obsolete. I have installed their newest driver, "Driver 6.1.6-7 for USB Tablets on Windows 7, Vista or XP (32 & 64 bit)" and I am thoroughly confused.

Even though these options haven't worked for me, I do appreciate your effort to help so many users where Microsoft has fallen short in doing so. Thank you.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

That shitting ripple effect almost got the best of me, option 2 with reg file for Home Premium worked like a charm. Thank you!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUser

Thank you very much for your solution.
It's been several days since I seek the solution to this problem.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatel

The reg file did the miracle for me.

Win7 home premium + bamboo

Thank you a thousand times!

February 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Dear good sir, should I ever meet you in person, I will buy you a drink. Option 2 works, and it's so easy my mom could figure it out. I no longer have to swear at my computer. Balance has been restored to the universe.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSeth

Would it be possible for you to make another registry key to undo the effects of #2?
IOW to make it possible to restore the original functionality in case it is needed. I have had problems in the past where I used a registry key and then months later a program would not work properly because it was expecting the original function to be there, and of course by that time I totally forgot about what I did six months ago and spent a long time trying to isolate the cause. Rambling a bit, sorry, but I hope you see why I am making this request, if it is not too much trouble for you.

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Thanks for the help! I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium and downloaded your regedit file, which half worked. Oddly enough it took away the circles, but only partly. There are still the animated circles, but they're not as obvious.

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark

@Jim - good suggestion. I updated the ZIP file to incoude an option that *enables* the Dynamic feedback. So now you have a .REG file that performs reverse the effevt.

March 19, 2011 | Registered Commentersaveenr

@Mark - That's the first I've heard of it only partially working. Could you send a screenshot or a capture of what you are seeing? Maybe if I can look at a screenshot it will help me determine what is going on.

March 19, 2011 | Registered Commentersaveenr

I wish you had posted the registry locations and edits instead of a link to a file that may disappear one day, as it seems to have done. Now I have no way of finding out what edits to make in the registry to disable this infuriatingly annoying feature. Thank you for the rest of the information though, I am at least now on the right track.

March 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex May

I'm sorry, I didn't see people had accessed the working file so recently. I guess your file is just temporarily down or something. Details would still be good though.

March 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex May

@Alex - the link is now fixed. Also I added some text to this post explaining exactly what the REG file is doing.

March 19, 2011 | Registered Commentersaveenr

Oh, this is something I was looking for + - + thank you so much! Actually when I wrote to Wacom support about those animations, they gave me link to your blog :)
About the options, the first one worked for me for the "pres-and-hold right click", it was disabled nicely, then I used the second one (with reg file), and it worked like a charm! No ring animations, yesss~ :D
Thanks again~

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNimorid

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