One of the great things about a Tablet PC is that you can use the tablet pen to interact with items on the screen. Here are some tips for using your tablet pen:
Make sure your Tablet PC screen and pen are properly calibrated
Calibration ensures that your Tablet PC correctly recognizes the position of your pen. In Windows 7, when you calibrate for the first time, the screen uses 16 different reference points. This initial calibration applies to all users of the Tablet PC. If you calibrate again, only 4 points are used, and apply only to your user account.
Open Tablet PC Settings by tapping the Start
, and then tapping Control Panel
. In the search box, type Tablet PC Settings
, and then, in the list of results, tap Tablet PC Settings
On the Display tab, under Display Options, tap Calibrate.
If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Follow the instructions on the screen, and then tap Yes to save your calibration settings.
To perform a 16-point calibration again, in the Tablet PC Properties window, tap the Reset button.
If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. Tap OK, and then tap the Calibrate button.
If you begin a 16-point calibration and your screen is set to Portrait orientation, it will change temporarily to Landscape during the calibration.
Use your tablet pen even if you're using a convertible Tablet PC in laptop mode
You might find that this feels more natural than using a mouse or the pointing device on your keyboard.
Turn on flicks
Use flicks to perform actions quickly and easily with your tablet pen. You can use navigational flicks (drag up, drag down, move back, and move forward) and editing flicks (copy, paste, undo, and delete). You can also customize flicks for actions that you use often. For example, if you frequently use keyboard shortcuts, such as F5 or Ctrl+B, you can assign flicks to perform the same functions as pressing those key combinations. For more information, see What are flicks? and Customize flicks.
Open Pen and Touch by tapping the Start
, and then tapping Control Panel
. In the search box, type Pen and Touch
, and then, in the list of results, tap Pen and Touch
Tap the Flicks tab, and then do one of the following:
To turn on flicks, select the Use flicks to perform common actions quickly and easily check box, tap either Navigational flicks or Navigational flicks and editing flicks, and then tap OK.
To customize flicks, tap Navigational flicks and editing flicks, and then tap Customize. In the Customize Flicks dialog box, make whatever changes you want, tap OK, and then tap OK again.
Use Snipping Tool to capture an area of your screen
After snipping, you can use the captured image in an e‑mail message, a Windows Journal file, or anywhere else that you can paste an image. For example, use Snipping Tool to highlight important information in a spreadsheet and send it in e‑mail. Or, use it to capture an interesting headline from a website to use in a presentation. You can also write on the captured image with your tablet pen.
Use check boxes to select multiple items
Check boxes are the easiest way to select multiple items, such as files and folders, with your tablet pen—just point to each item and select each item's check box.
By default, check boxes are turned on when you're using a Tablet PC. To turn check boxes on or off, follow these steps:
Open Folder Options by tapping the Start button , tapping Control Panel, tapping Appearance and Personalization, and then tapping Folder Options.
Tap the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, select or clear the Use check boxes to select items check box, and then tap OK.