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Using the Touch Screen and Pen on Tablet PCs (Windows Vista)

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This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows Vista.

Using the touch screen

The touch screen on certain tablet PCs allows you to make selections or activate items on the screen using a pointed object, such as the pen or your fingernail. Not all tablets are equipped with a touch screen. See the documentation that came with the product for details.
When you first begin using the computer, or if you have intermittent problems using the touch screen, calibrate the touch screen and set up the screen preferences.
NOTE:The touch screen works best if only the stylus, and not your hand, is touching the screen. If you rest the palm of your hand on the screen for comfort, you must press the pen more firmly onto the screen.

Calibrating the touch screen

The touch screen can function with the default calibration or with a calibration set by another person. However, it is highly recommended that you use the touch screen only while it is calibrated to your personal handwriting and mouse action motions. Calibration optimizes touch screen performance for everyone using the computer and particularly if you are left-handed.
When calibrating the touch screen, tap the pen in the exact center of each of the calibration markers (+ ).
To calibrate the touch screen, follow the steps below.
NOTE:The steps below assume you are not in the Classic View of the Control Panel.
  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Tablet PC Settings > General tab.
    In Classic view, click Start > Control Panel > Sound > Tablet PC Settings > General .
  2. Click Calibrate .
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  4. Be sure to calibrate the touch screen for use in all four screen orientations.

Cleaning the touch screen

Clean the touch screen regularly with non-abrasive wipes intended for this purpose. Wash your hands frequently when using the computer. To reduce the risk of electric shock or damage to internal components, do not use a vacuum cleaner attachment to clean the touch screen or the computer. Use a can of compressed air with a straw extension to remove dust, lint, and particles as needed.

Setting touch screen preferences

To set preferences for pen actions (clicks), visual feedback, and flicks, select Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Pen and Input Devices. These preferences are specific to the touch screen and the computer.
To set preferences for left-handed or right-handed people, select Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Tablet PC Settings > General tab . These preferences are specific to the touch screen and the computer.
To set pointing device preferences, such as pointer speed, click speed, and mouse trails, select Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Mouse . These preferences apply to any pointing device in the system.

Using the pen

The pen, or stylus, that was supplied with the tablet PC, allows you to navigate items on the screen as if using the arrow keys on a keyboard. Press the pen in the direction you want to navigate, either left, right, up, or down. You can write with the pen in pen-specific programs, such as the Tablet PC Input Panel, in all Microsoft Office applications, and in most other Windows programs and utilities. The information you write on the screen with the pen can be filed, searched, and shared among most Windows programs.
Hold the pen as if you were writing with a standard pen or pencil. To store the pen when you are not using it, insert the pen, tip first, into the pen holder on the computer. To modify the factory settings for recognized clicks and flicks, use the Pen and Input Devices window of Control Panel.

Performing actions on the touch screen

You can use the pen, your fingernail, or other pointed objects to perform click or flick actions.
Performing clicks:
  • To select an item on the screen as you would with the left button of an external mouse, tap the item with the pen.
  • To select an item as you would with the right button of an external mouse, tap and hold the pen on the item.
  • To double-click an item on the screen as you would with the left button of an external mouse, tap the item twice with the pen.
Performing flicks, if recognized by software program:
  • To scroll up, flick the pen upward, against the touch screen.
  • To scroll down, flick the pen downward, against the touch screen.
  • To navigate back a page or screen, flick the pen to the left, against the touch screen.
  • To navigate forward a page or screen, flick the pen to the right, against the touch screen.
Changing or testing click settings:
  1. Select Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Pen and Input Devices > Pen Options tab.
  2. Under Pen actions, select the action, and then click Settings .
  3. After making any changes or testing the settings, click OK .
Changing or creating flick assignments:
  1. Select Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Pen and Input Devices > Flicks tab.
  2. Click Navigational flicks and editing flicks , and then click Customize .
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to change or create a flick assignment.
  4. Click OK .

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