Use your pen

Use your pen

Use your pen to interact with your device. This includes drawing, writing, or moving items, and activating settings that you assign to pen buttons.


  • Hold the pen as you would normally hold a pen or pencil. Adjust your grip so that you can press any pen buttons easily with your thumb (recommended) or index finger without accidentally pressing it.
  • To make it easier to access tools in applications like Adobe Photoshop, assign modifiers, such as Alt and Ctrl, to your pen buttons so that you do not have to use your keyboard keys.

    Important: You can customize user options that change the way your pen works with your device. Try both Pen Button modes to see which works best for you.

Pen tip and eraser

  • Draw or sign: Draw or sign with the pen tip directly on the device surface.
  • Note: Pens are pressure-sensitive, so the harder you press, the thicker your lines and the denser the color.

  • Move the cursor: Move the pen while holding it slightly above the device without touching the screen surface.
  • Double-click: Quickly tap the screen twice in the same place with the pen tip.
  • Erase: Flip the pen to the side opposite the pen tip and move the eraser over the area you want to erase, just as you would use the eraser on a pencil.
  • Note: Some pens do not have an eraser.

  • Select an item: Tap the screen once with the pen tip.
  • Move an item: Select the item with the pen tip, then slide the pen tip across the screen to move it.

Pen buttons

Use pen buttons as shortcuts to settings. You can view and change the assigned settings on the Pen tab in Wacom Tablet Properties.

    Note: Some pens do not have buttons.

You activate settings differently depending on your Pen Button mode.

  • If your Pen Button mode is Hover Click, then hold the pen tip slightly above the surface of your device and press the button.
  • If your Pen Button mode is Click & Tap, press the pen button and then tap the device surface with your pen tip.

If your pen has a long, thin button, press the upper part of the button for one setting and the lower part for another.

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