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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 (125)

THANK YOU!

You are my hero!

This DYNAMIC FEEDBACK has been a terror for me when I'm working my Wacom!

I think this solution should be more readily available on the Wacom website. Thank you very much. You do not understand how incredibly happy I am!

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNMRosta

@NMRosta - I am happy to hear this helped you out. :-) I hope we'll get a simpler solution from Microsoft and Wacom in the future.

March 20, 2013 | Registered Commentersaveenr

thx for the guide, even got rid of the "ripple" effect (step 3 ) without changing anything in the registry.
this is from another guide @ http://www.polycount.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-67588.html :

Issue #1: Every pen click produces a gray splash/ripple animation around the cursor
1. Open Local Group Policy Click the Start button , in the Run field type: gpedit.msc and hit enter
2. Navigate to User Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Tablet PC - Cursors
3. Right click on Turn off pen feedback
4. Select Enabled, Click Apply

after that just had to disable the "TabletPCInputService" as described by deano (above), unplug and reconnect the tablet. --> no ripples !

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwoozl

@woozl - Using Group Policy Editor will work for disabling dynamic feedback - but this only works on Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate. Windows Home Professional does not have the Group Policy Editor so users need an alternative solution. The one I describe above using the registry keys works for all

Techincal Note: Enabling "Turn off pen feedback" in GPEDIT sets the same registry key as I describe. (Though my instructions turn it off in multiple places in the Group Police hive)

March 22, 2013 | Registered Commentersaveenr

Awesome, thx!
Should be in the Wacom config utility itself!

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfierox

@fierox - Glad to know you've found the tool useful. I certainly wish Wacom made it easier to fix these issues in their control panel utility.

April 1, 2013 | Registered Commentersaveenr

OMG this worked perfectly! I have Windows 7 Home Premium so this was especially helpful since all of the other tutorials had you access some Local Settings that aren't available on this OS. YOU ARE THE MAN. Goodbye ripple effect.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDarcy

Thank you for this - you have saved my sanity. The 'tablet pc input panel' has to be the most obnoxious and bone-headed thing thing I've had to deal with on a PC from a legit bit of software. I've seen more considerate malware. (Windows 7)

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterblipper

None of all that works. It is literally impossible to disable the garbage rings. They are invinsible. The only way to do it is to get another OS besides Windows 7 trash. Microsoft is going DOWN because of these rings! The programmer who added the code and the one who came up with the idea are both morons, complete IDIOTS

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

glad to know a person like you exists ..thank you

May 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteral

Wow! It works! Thank God!! Thank you!!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMS

Thank You!

Worked on Win7 Pro SP1

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWacom User

Thank you very much sir! I've been doing this whole thing in a very wrong way which turned out to work only partially. Your fix is marvelous!

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStanley

That last bit about disabling feedback hit the spot :) It was killing me - in 3DS Max, Alt+middle mouse click worked perfectly fine with mouse, but lagged horribly with the wacom pen. All other functions work fine with the pen, except Alt+MMB. After disabling pen feedback , 3DS Max works like a charm with Alt+MMB:)

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSergiy

Allelujah! The circle thing has p!ssed me off for years! To the point where I started to hate using my Wacom. One of the earlier posts hit the nail on the head with the description of it killing me inside.

Using applications like InDesign are a nightmare when trying to accurately set up rulers etc because of the stupid half second delay that means you don't pick up where you wanted to.

Looking forward to doing this on my home setup ASAP!

September 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDelgado

thx a million - not only are these useless features annoying they actually stopped the graphics pen actually drawing anything - windows took so long displaying the dumbass circles and fliks that it never kept up with the pen position. The most annoying thing is how bloody difficult it is to turn all these functions OFF.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave

aaaaaaargh!!! i was going mad with my tablet!!! lol thank you for the tip!
cheers

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

Thanks for this. do you know a way to get all the inking tools to work with the Bamboo Pen tablet with Windows 7 on MS Word 2010. Can't get eraser to work.

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermt

heaven! you've solved my problem! thank you so much! really great work! go on with this!

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterharaldwilfer

@mt (mtrafton) - I don't have a Bamboo tablet with me at the moment, but I will have one next week and I can explore any issues specific to the Bamboo version. If you have any additional information about the problems you are encountering with your Bamboo Tablet, please let me know - it will make it easier for me to investigate.

October 19, 2013 | Registered Commentersaveenr

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