Tips on using Wacom tablets with smaller Windows tablets Part 2

4. The Wacom pen tablet should work with apps in Windows 10 tablet mode, but you'd probably find it more useful with Windows 10 desktop apps and in Windows 10 desktop mode. Windows 10 tablet users know it's extremely difficult to tap and drag or select individual files in File Explorer with a touch screen so among other tasks, using the Wacom makes that chore as easy as using a mouse.

5. Windows actually has two confusing settings for pen tablets. One is for Pen and Touch and the other is Tablet PC Settings, which actually only applies to Windows tablet styli. Ignore both settings, but use the Wacom utility instead. Wacom Preferences is added to Control Panel after installing the Wacom drivers.


To access Wacom Preferences from the classic Control Panel:

Click or tap Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Wacom Preferences.


5. By default, Windows 10 will automatically display the Handwriting panel when a Wacom pen tablet is connected. The Handwriting panel was designed to convert written text to onscreen text. It has actually improved over the years, but it's unnecessary if you're typing with a Bluetooth keyboard. Moreover, it can be annoying when it pops up when you don't need it. The Handwriting panel is part of the onscreen keyboard settings and can be disabled from Windows 10 Settings.


To disable the Handwriting panel in Windows 10:

1. Click or tap Start > Settings > Devices > Typing.

2. Under Touch keyboard, disable the option Show the touch keyboard or handwriting panel when not in tablet mode and there's no keyboard attached.

If you need the Handwriting panel or the onscreen keyboard while working, just tap the keyboard icon on the System Tray.



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