Troubleshoot problems with Tablet PC Input Panel

Here are solutions to some common problems with Tablet PC Input Panel.

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Input Panel doesn't correctly recognize what I write.

  • Use handwriting recognition personalization to teach the handwriting recognizer how you write.

    For more information, see Handwriting personalization on a Tablet PC.

  • If you're writing in Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), or Korean, Input Panel may not recognize proper names or names of streets and parks unless you turn on handwriting recognition for rarely used Chinese, Kanji, or Hanja characters.

    To turn on handwriting recognition for rarely used Chinese, Kanji, or Hanja characters, in Input Panel, tap Tools, and then tap Options. Tap the Advanced tab, and then select the Recognize rarely used Chinese, Kanji, or Hanja characters when converting handwriting to typed text check box.

  • Handwriting recognition is currently available for English, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Korean, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese (Brazil). If you are not using one of these input languages, you can use the on-screen keyboard in Tablet PC Input Panel to enter text without using a standard keyboard.

To learn more about how to improve your handwriting recognition, see Strategies for improving handwriting recognition.

The Input Panel icon doesn't appear near a text entry area.

  • In Input Panel, tap Tools, and then tap Options. Tap the Opening tab, and make sure that the For tablet pen input, show the Input Panel icon next to the text entry area when possible check box is selected.

  • The Input Panel icon doesn't appear next to all text entry areas. When it doesn't appear, use the Input Panel tab instead.

  • Input Panel is unavailable if you use Remote Desktop to connect to your Tablet PC.

  • Your system administrator might have turned off the Input Panel icon. For more information, see Why won't Windows allow me to change a system setting?

To learn more about the Input Panel icon, see Opening and moving Tablet PC Input Panel.

The Input Panel tab doesn't appear on the edge of my screen.

  • In Input Panel, tap Tools, and then tap Options. Tap the Opening tab, and make sure that the Show the Input Panel tab check box is selected.

  • The Input Panel tab isn't visible when you run a program in full-screen mode. When running some programs, such as a Remote Desktop session from your Tablet PC, the tab appears when you bring your tablet pen close to the edge of the screen. In other programs, such as some games and movies, the Input Panel tab doesn't appear until you stop running the program in full-screen mode.

  • Input Panel is unavailable if you use Remote Desktop to connect to your Tablet PC from a desktop computer or laptop.

  • Your system administrator might have turned off the Input Panel icon. For more information, see Why won't Windows allow me to change a system setting?

To learn more about the Input Panel tab, see Opening and moving Tablet PC Input Panel.

The Input Panel icon doesn't appear on the Windows taskbar.

By default, the Tablet PC Input Panel icon doesn't appear on the taskbar.

To show the icon on the taskbar, right-click the taskbar, point to Toolbars, and then tap Tablet PC Input Panel.

Scratch-out gestures don't work in Input Panel.

  • In Input Panel, tap Tools, and then tap Options. Tap the Gestures tab, and make sure that All scratch-out and strikethrough gestures is selected.

  • Your system administrator might have turned off the scratch-out gestures. For more information, see Why won't Windows allow me to change a system setting?

To learn more about gestures, see How do I use gestures in Tablet PC Input Panel?

Ink sometimes disappears when I'm writing in Input Panel.

The new tolerant scratch-out gesture may be interfering with your writing if you notice that some ink occasionally disappears from the writing pad or the character pad. This is especially likely to occur if you use a long pen stroke to cross a T, or write in a style that has lots of loops.

To turn off the tolerant scratch-out gestures, in Input Panel, tap Tools, and then tap Options. Tap the Gestures tab, and then select either Only the Z-Shaped scratch-out gesture that was available in Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition or No scratch-out or strikethrough gestures.

To learn more about scratch-out gestures, see How do I use gestures in Tablet PC Input Panel?

I can't change some settings in the Options dialog box for Input Panel.

Your system administrator might have changed some settings. For more information, see Why won't Windows allow me to change a system setting?

I can't add a word to the handwriting dictionary.

To help protect your passwords, the Add to dictionary option is not available when the insertion point is in a box for a password.

Hiragana characters don't appear on the on-screen keyboard, or keys are missing from the on-screen keyboard when I'm using Japanese as my input language.

You may not have the correct driver installed for the Japanese keyboard. Try installing a Japanese 106 keyboard driver, such as the Microsoft USB Office Keyboard (106/109) driver.

Warning

  • Installing this driver can change how the standard keyboard works on your Tablet PC.

To install the Microsoft USB Office Keyboard (106/109) driver

  1. Tap the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then tap Control Panel.
  2. Tap Hardware and Sound.

  3. Tap Keyboard.

  4. In the Keyboard Properties dialog box, tap the Hardware tab, and then tap Properties.

  5. In the Keyboard properties dialog box, tap Change setting.

  6. On the keyboard properties dialog box, tap the Driver tab, and then tap Update Driver.

  7. On the How do you want to search for driver software page, tap Browse my computer for driver software.

  8. On the Browse for driver software on your computer page, tap Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

  9. On the Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware page, clear the Show compatible hardware check box.

  10. Under Manufacturer, tap Microsoft.

  11. Under Model, tap Microsoft USB Office Keyboard (106/109), and then tap Next.

  12. On the Update Driver Warning dialog box, tap Yes.

  13. On the Windows has successfully updated your driver software page, tap Close.

  14. To apply the changes, restart your Tablet PC.