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The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Wacom Tablet Work on Windows 7

PLEASE READ: The Windows and Wacom Tablet Nightmare is Over

 

[Update on 2012/08/18] for Windows 8 information go here: http://viziblr.com/news/2012/8/18/windows-8-rtm-and-wacom-tablets-better-but-flawed.html

When Windows 7 sees that your DESKTOP PC has a Wacom tablet attached, it activates a bunch of Tablet PC – based features that annoy most users. This post will explain what these problems are and how to disable them.

NOTE: I’ve covered these topics before, but separately and went into a lot of technical detail – this post is the comprehensive guide that just tells you what you need to know.

YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS. PICK ONE.

The AUTOMATIC option: use the Fix My Pen! tool.

The MANUAL option: follow the steps below in the order given.

 

MANUALLY CONFIGURING YOUR SETTINGS

 

 

PREFER TO WATCH THE SCREENCAST?

In case you prefer watching me do the steps, you can see this screencast.

 

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL THE LATEST DRIVERS

Don’t argue with me on this. Just do it.

You can get the drivers here:

http://us.wacom.com/en/support/drivers

 

NOTE: When the drivers are first installed is when Windows 7 starts to enable all the unwanted Tablet PC features.

STEP 2: DISABLE THE TABLET PC INPUT PANEL

The first annoying Tablet PC feature is the Tablet PC Input Panel

You’ll typically see it as a little bar on the side of your desktop.

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And when your cursor gets close it starts to flaunt itself…

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Clicking it will reveal its full monstrosity ….

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And there’s more. You’ll often also see a small input panel icon hovering hear any text input boxes

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We want to disable this entirely.

Go to Control Panel > Tablet PC Settings

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Click on the Other tab

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On the Other tab, under Tablet PC Input Panel options, click on Go to Input Panel Settings

 

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Disable all the checkboxes and select OK.

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STEP 3: DISABLE FLICKS

The Flicks icon shows up on the notification area.

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If you click on the Icon you’ll see some for of the Flick UI

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The effect of flicks is that normal gesturing with the pen causes Windows to think you are giving it a command. For example, drawing a short down stroke will cause the following flick notifcation

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Of course, we hate this and want to disable it.

Open the Pen and Touch control panel

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Click on the Flicks tab

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Uncheck the two checkboxes and press OK

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STEP 4: DISABLE PRESS-AND-HOLD

Another hated feature. It’s a bit hard to describe in words, so here is an animation of its effect. All I am doing is pressing the pen down and then you’ll see the hated “glowing ring” followed by a property menu when I lift the pen (Press-and-hold things that pressing is an equivalent of a “right click”)

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In Control Panel go to Pen and Touch

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Under Pen Options, select Press and Hold and click Settings

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Uncheck Enable press and hold for right-clicking and press OK

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STEP 5: DISABLE DYNAMIC FEEDBACK

This is all the little rings that display whenever you press down with the pen

pen-dynamic-feedback

The is the hardest one to disable because there’s no place in the control panel that lets you disable it.

You are just going to have modify the registry and take care of it that way.I have provided a REG file that will help you do this

Download the ZIP here: http://goo.gl/kgZHv

The file is called disable-pen-feedback-regedit.zip

Extract the contents of the file

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Inside are two REG files. One to disable dynamic feedback (this is the one you want) and other file to re-enable it (some people wanted this so I made it for them)

Right-click on disable-pen –feedback.reg and select Merge

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Windows will warn you, but just click Run

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And Windows will warn you again, just press Yes.

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And finally it will tell you that it has merged the settings

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In case, you are wondering here are the contents of the file.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\TabletPC]
"TurnOffPenFeedback"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\TabletPC]
"TurnOffPenFeedback"=dword:00000001

 

ONE LAST STEP

Sometimes all these changes will take place immediately, sometimes it takes a little longer. Usually the easiest way to force the changes is to simply log-off and then log back on. If that doesn’t work just try restarting your machine. (Those who are more technical may choose to simply restart the “Tablet PC Input Service”)

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Reader Comments (109)

Thank you so much man! It was killing me inside! Its crazy that they've made it so hard to change on Windows 7 Home premium!

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhoppy

Thanks so much for the help! =]

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Huang

This is a great tutorial! You have no idea how iritating is was working in Adobe Premiere Pro with everytime a ring apearing when touching the tablet!

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPete Hoving

I'd fixed most of the wacom tablet problems created by Windows 7 six months ago, but most of them reappeared after an operating system update. Your automated fix tool worked perfectly. Thank you!

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave Gill

Thanks for the help. Like Dave, I was able to fix all of the tablet problems several months ago, but after an update (service pack 1 I think) the problems returned and I couldn't fix them again. The stupid ripple effect would go away temporarily, then a few minutes later it would return. But your "Fix My Pen" download did the trick. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!

October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Works like a charm..Very nice..Thanks

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrook

Thank you very, very much. I was afraid I would have to hunt for these obscure options forever! They work great and solved everything. Thanks again!

October 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJW

worked great at first, but now when i logged on for the second time, the right click isnt working on the pen, and the pen stalls on some apps while opening up. mouse has no problems. any ideas?

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeano

i think i fixed it. in addition to running the above exe fix, or control panels i had to to do this:

Control Panel ->System and Security-> Administrative Tools -> Services

-> Scroll down to "Tablet PC Input Service" (Not TabletServiceWacom) ->

Stop Service


disbale Tablet PC Input Service" for good:

RIGHT CLICK "Tablet PC Input Service" ->choose "Propreties"

General TAB:
Startup type: "Disabled"

Recovery TAB:
First/second/sub failures ->"Take no action"
Reset fail count /service to "0" days/min

Click "OK"

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeano

Many thanks to you man, I disabled once this ring on vista and on win7 I didnt knew what to do. 3ds Max viewports on direct x are lagging insanely with tablet input

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterComanderbarnik

Well documented, thank you so much!!!

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt J

Thanks for this guide.
To DISABLE DYNAMIC FEEDBACK i had to follow this guide:
1.Open Local Group Policy Editor: Run... gpedit.msc
2.Navigate to User Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Tablet PC - Cursor
3.Enable the Turn off pen feedback setting.

Win7 Enterprise sp1

January 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTommy sv

Thank you - thank you - thank you

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChad

Thank you sooo much! I spent a lot of time searching for a solution, I'm so happy I found your page. You did a great job explaining the steps and it worked perfectly! Thanks!!!

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBriz

I can't even start to thank you enough for this. That damned 'splash' has been annoying the heck out of me for weeks!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

THANK YOU!!! I was losing my mind over this! Thankyouthankyouthankyou

February 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

Tks very much!

February 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStoned

BY THE BEARD OF ZEUS. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. SO SO SO SO MUCH.

February 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAhsayuni

Thank you SO much for posting this! I nearly broke my computer trying to disable those obscenely annoying cursor rings until I found this page. What kind of idiot wouldn't include an option in the control panel to disable something so visually assaulting? Yes, dynamic feedback looks cool -- the first two dozen times you click. But when you're working on a serious project and need to focus, those rings become extremely distracting! Can't thank you enough for this solution.

February 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRelieved

Thanks for the fix. Everything work, until I unzipped the two files. I get this Registry Editor Error message: Cannot import C:\Users\MarkGooch\AppData\Local\Temp\wz7f21\disable-pen-feedback-regedit\disable-pen-feedback.r...
Error accesing the registry.

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark Gooch

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