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This chapter is from the book

Setting Up Your Drawing Tablet

Depending on the type of work you do, a drawing tablet may be part of your normal toolkit. No matter what manufacturer made the drawing tablet you have, the device came with a CD that includes installation software, drivers, and possibly a manual for your device. Install the manufacturer’s software before you plug the device into Windows 7. The software probably walks you through the steps of calibrating the tablet so that it responds to your handwriting and gestures. You can also specify settings (or tweak things that aren’t working well) by using the Control Panel.

Getting Started with Your Drawing Tablet

Windows 7 includes a number of settings you can customize so that your drawing tablet will work the way you want it to in Windows 7. The types of settings may vary depending on the capabilities of your tablet model, but the steps here give you a sense of how to find and set drawing tablet options.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Hardware and Sound.
  4. Scroll down to the area that reflects your tablet and click Set Up Your Pen and Tablet.
  5. Click the arrows and click your choice to select the way you want the pen buttons to function.
  6. Adjust the Soft-Firm slider to change the feel of the pen tip.
  7. Choose whether you want to hear an audible click when you use the tablet.
  8. Click Advanced.
  9. Choose how you want Windows 7 to recognize right-clicks on the pen.
  10. Click OK.
  11. Click Tablet for more options.
  12. Click to choose right-handed or left-handed use.
  13. Click the close box to save your settings.

Choosing Preferences for Your Tablet

Windows 7 includes a number of settings you can customize so that your drawing tablet works the way you want it to in Windows 7.

  1. Display the Hardware and Sound screen of the Control Panel.
  2. In the Pen and Touch area, click Change Tablet Pen Settings.
  3. In the Pen Options list, click Double-Tap.
  4. Click Settings.
  5. Adjust the slider to control the speed for double-tapping.
  6. Change the Spatial Tolerance setting to allow space in the double-tap.
  7. Click OK to save your settings.
  8. Click the Flicks tab.
  9. Click whether you want to use flicks to navigate onscreen or use them for both navigation and editing.
  10. Choose how sensitive you want the tablet to be to flicks and touch.
  11. Click the Handwriting tab and choose whether you want Windows 7 to learn automatically from your handwriting on the tablet.
  12. Click Touch and choose your preferences for using touch on the device.
  13. Click OK to save your preferences.
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