If you use a Tablet PC, here are some ways to use it more effectively.
To see Tablet PC Settings and Pen and Touch, you must be using a Tablet PC or a computer with a touchscreen.
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.
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.
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.
If touch input is available on your computer, you can also perform flicks with your finger.
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.
With Tablet PC Input Panel, you can enter and correct text without using the keyboard. Here are some tips to make Tablet PC Input Panel easier to use:
Customize how you access Input Panel. You can change where, when, and if Input Panel appears on your screen. For more information, see Opening and moving Tablet PC Input Panel.
Use gestures to delete, split, and join words that you write, and to control the insertion point. Gestures are motions that you make or symbols that you draw with your tablet pen. For more information, see How do I use gestures in Tablet PC Input Panel?
Change how you use the Insert button. You can set the Insert button so that it works when you point to it with your pen. This makes entering text faster because, instead of tapping the button, you can just wave your pen over it.
Open Tablet PC Input Panel by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Tablet PC Input Panel, and then, in the list of results, tap Tablet PC Input Panel.
On the Insertion tab of the Options dialog box, select Point to the Insert button, and then tap OK.
It can be frustrating if your Tablet PC doesn't recognize your handwriting correctly. Here are some tips for improving the chances that your handwriting is recognized correctly:
Provide lots of handwriting samples in Handwriting Personalization.
Open Handwriting Personalization by tapping the Start button . In the search box, type personalize handwriting recognition, and then, in the list of results, tap Personalize handwriting recognition.
Improve handwriting recognition for words such as proper names, acronyms, technical terms, and abbreviations by adding those words to the handwriting dictionary.
Try writing in cursive, rather than print. Cursive handwriting (even if it's a little bit messy) tends to be recognized more accurately than printing (even if you print very neatly).
For more information, see Strategies for improving handwriting recognition.
You can use the buttons on your Tablet PC (called
tablet buttons) to perform common tasks quickly. For example, if you frequently open Windows Journal, you can set a tablet button to do this for you.
You can assign two actions to most tablet buttons. Press a button once quickly to perform one action. Press and hold the button to perform the other action.
Tap the Buttons tab. The names of the tablet buttons that you can customize appear in the Tablet button list.
If you don't see the Buttons tab, you might not be using a Tablet PC. Or, you might need to update the drivers. For help with drivers, check with your Tablet PC manufacturer or see Update a driver for hardware that isn't working properly.
Windows includes two ways to write handwritten notes:
Take notes in Windows Journal. With Journal, you can create, format, organize, and share notes that you write using your Tablet PC. For more information, see Create and personalize handwritten notes using Windows Journal.
Jot something down on a sticky note. Use sticky notes to write lists or quick notes to yourself. For more information, see Using Sticky Notes.
In addition to all the Tablet PC-specific things that you can do, you can use all the mobile features included in a standard laptop. For more information, see Unleash the power of your laptop.