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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)

Thanks for this blog. It was humorous as well as instructive.

My problem with my Cintiq and Win 7 is that every time I reboot I have to reinstall the driver. What's with that? Any solutions out there for this problem?

May 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertoonybrain

This procedure still works on the newest Wacom Intuos pen tablets with Windows 7 and Office 2007! Thanks

May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Marlin

I downloaded the automatic option to correct my pen but after I unzip the file and click on the indicated routine I get message that I need to download v4.0.30319 but I don't know how to accomplish, any help out there?

Manny

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterManny

I just bought a wacom tablet pro and was wondering if it necessary to install the drivers or if i could just plug it into my laptop. The reason why is because my laptop is not my official property and so i can't download any software. My laptop is windows 7.

@Personwhowantstoknow72 - Without the Wacom drivers if you plug in the tablet usually windows does recognize the tablet and pen but it doesn't move the cursor they way you would expect. It behaves more like a mouse. The only way I know of to get it to work correctly is to install the Wacom drivers

July 5, 2014 | Registered Commentersaveenr

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! My Wacom tablet that I use for EVERYTHING (especially editing/painting in PhotoShop and Painter) had quit working with Windows 7 - downloading the newest driver got it back - sort of - but the right click didn't work, there was a noticeable response delay in the pen, and if you got the cursor near the screen edges, it jumped to the other side. I have had a tech support request in for help from Wacom for weeks, with no response AT ALL. I was researching other brands, looking for a new tablet (that desperate) when I ran across your site. I ran your FIX MY PEN, and my Wacom is back to normal. I can't thank you enough!

August 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAZArtist

Thank you so much for posting this. You accounted for everything that needs to be done to fix this issue.

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEashwaran

Ran your Fix My Pen download and it MOSTLY restored my Intuos 3 tablet and stylus to working. However, the stylus buttons do not work at all (Right click or double click). I was very used to using the stylus exclusively (instead of a mouse), but now find I have to switch to the mouse if I want to right or double click something. Have you done any further work on resolving the pen/tablet problems with Windows 7 (I use Home Premium 64 bit)?

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Fountain

Thanks for this. You're a wonderful person.

I need the input panel (sometimes I don't have the mouse/keyboard within reach), and I was getting used to having a flick for undo (and nothing else), but the little rings were about to drive me up a wall. I kept remembering 'Oh, I turned these off in Vista' and then not finding the option anywhere. Figuring out where it is in the registry saved me a lot of time and pain trying to work with that.

November 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSpyglass

Thank you, wonderful person! This was killing me!

December 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne K B

Mr. Reddy:
Your tutorial is thorough, concise, effective & rational; in short, foolproof!
Would that all tutorials were like this.
With great appreciation,
NotSting

December 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNotSting

THANKS!

December 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterme

Fantastic fixes, thanks. One other thing you ought to mention, if you are writing text fast, is changing the double-click speed to fastest, and the distance to shortest. Otherwise some software detects the dotting of an i, or a comma followed by text as an attempt to double-click, and it will attempt to connect the click-locations with a line.

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Doolin

Thank for the solution to the windows pen madness thank you also for the clean solution and the posibility to now and understand what to do to get rid of the windows sh@t.

GREAT WORK THANK YOU ;)

January 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRon from the Netherlands

Thanks!

February 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterthoglette

Thank you for this! It fixed anything but the pressure-sensitivity bug that originally drove me here. (I have sorted this out in the meantime too, with unplugging the tablet, then de-installing everything wacom and reinstalling again, for the umpteenth time), but you fixes are just as valuable. Thank you for putting up the guide!

February 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFriederike

HOLY COW! You are my HERO!!!! Thank you "infinity times infinity".
I found so many forums on the fix through the "user configuration", but they are not good for me since my W7 is Home edition. I was so discouraged and then I found your forum. You have no idea how happy you have made me!

February 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHans

Ha! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha...! Yippee!
What a relief. THANK YOU for making this very comprehensive guide!
Man, Wacom should put this in their manual and pay you good money.

February 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichel

Thank you so much. I had everything sorted but the ripple.

April 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermkalt0235

Many thanks. I'm still using one of the first Wacom tablets, and since 2008 I've been happily using it to enter and format text directly into an information graphics application named SmartDraw. Until I finally changed to Windows 7 last year, that is, when the Input Panel appeared and forced me to use it as an intermediary, causing a great deal of frustration as it was always hiding the area in which I was trying to fit the text. An email to SD resulted in advising me to upgrade their software. (Well, they would, wouldn't they.) Luckily I didn't. Thanks again.

June 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Bennetts

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