Using Pen Tablet attached to USB in XP/Office 2007 RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have Bamboo pen tablet. It works on one computer that has XP and Office 2003. But it does not work on any other computer I have.

    Specifically I am focused on making it work on my laptop that has XP and Office 2007.

    I want to be able to add an ink object in MS Word and draw whatever I want in it. That is my goal, but it doesn't work.

    I have three little button at top left Quick Access Toolbar on Word,  "ink" "ink comment" and "ink eraser." But when I click on them nothing happens.


    Can anyone help?

    Friday, February 18, 2011 1:34 PM

All replies

  • I think you better refer to Wacom for support on their hardware.

    Make sure you have the latest drivers installed from http://www.wacom.com/downloads/drivers.php.  Check http://www.wacom.com/vista/office2007.php on how this should look like in the interface.

    If you can't get it to work, please  contact Wacom for more support as this is related to the drivers needed for the hardware rather than an issue in Windows XP!

    Friday, February 18, 2011 2:17 PM
  • Have you installed dot net 3.0 sp1?

    Is your firewall turned off? Dot net 1.1 installed? Turned off any antivirus programs during installs?

    Are there any application or system errors in the logs?


    Windows presentation foundation supports digital ink. And is a part of Dot net. Sp1 contains many fixes and reduces headaches.


    Sp1 is available here.



    If you find this helpful please marked this as answered and post back your results.



    Friday, March 11, 2011 3:17 PM
  • I think you can't do it in Windows XP without more software... such as Phatwire's "Pen Office 3.3", which costs $60.  Vista has the capability built in for Word, I believe.
    Friday, March 18, 2011 10:45 PM
  • Dot net 3.51sp1 includes 

    Windows presentation foundation and digital ink are not in Xp in basic  native form doesn't automatically support tablet input. But adding dot net does. And it doe'snt cost anything except download time. Vers $60.00


    And the following download link shows the release note. And gives you a direction for improvements to the Xp at almost any level. Especially in memory constrained environments. If a person desires improvements in reliability and stability. Is the reason to include the dot net foundation. Not defending Microsoft. but I am always happy for quicker boot ups, improved stability and of course less holes for a hacker to exploit. So make your own case if you wish to some one else. To give an example I.E; people whom did not use direct x were left out of performance enhancements. And less holes to exploit in most cases with using things like Internet explorer in the past.


    There are other sources for information about Microsoft windows design elements for how processor time is allocated. www.sysinternals.com blogs and videos.



    Saturday, March 19, 2011 1:05 AM