You can access Tablet PC Input Panel several ways and then move it so that it appears in a convenient location on your screen.

Open Input Panel

The following table shows the three ways to open Input Panel.

Tap the Input Panel icon, which appears when you place the pointer in a text entry area, such as the Address bar in a web browser or a text box in a dialog box.

Picture of the Input Panel icon

Tap the Input Panel tab, which appears by default on the left edge of the screen. When you open Input Panel this way, it floats on top of any open windows.

Animated illustration of the Input Panel tab

Tap the Tablet PC Input Panel icon on the Windows taskbar. The Input Panel icon does not appear on the taskbar by default. To make it appear, right-click the taskbar, tap Toolbars, and then tap Tablet PC Input Panel.

Picture of the Input Panel icon on the taskbar

Tip

  • If you're left-handed, consider moving the Input Panel tab to the right edge of the screen. This way, your hand doesn't block your view of the Input Panel tab, and you might find it more comfortable to access Input Panel. You can move the Input Panel tab to the other edge of your screen by dragging the Input Panel tab across the screen.

Move Input Panel

After you open Input Panel, you can move it so that it doesn't cover an area of the screen that you want to use and so that it's in a comfortable place for you to write. To move Input Panel when it's open, place your tablet pen on the title bar and drag Input Panel to the location of your choice. To move Input Panel when it's closed, place your tablet pen on the Input Panel tab, and move it up or down along the edge of the screen.

You can dock Input Panel so that it's anchored at the top or the bottom of the screen. When you dock Input Panel, it doesn't float on top of any open windows.

To dock Input Panel

  1. Open Tablet PC Input Panel by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Tablet PC, and then clicking Input Panel.

  2. Tap Tools, and then tap Dock at Top of Screen or Dock at Bottom of Screen.

Tip

  • You can also dock Input Panel by dragging the Input Panel tab to the top or bottom of the screen.