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The pad ans stylus, for example, product of WACOM.

Can they achieve every actions which can be done by mouse?

For example: left-click, right click, moving pointer, drag and drop, scrolling.

Please don't vote to close it as irrelevant so quickly. I am suffering from finger pain due to too much clicking, then someone suggest I use a pad and stylus, so I am wondering whether it can avoid clicking/tapping by the fingers, at the same time provide me the basic function of a mouse.

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About 4 years ago I thought I was going to have to have surgery to "fix" the pain I had in elbow, wrist and fingers from using a mouse repeatedly. I had read online about the Wacom pad being a good substitute for a mouse for people with RSD. I tried it and I am happy to say that it has almost cured my pain completely. I love my pad (I only use the pen version and not the touch version) and after spending a week or two getting used to it I can't live without it. It may not work for everyone but if you are having pain I would give it a try. –  BukHix May 17 '11 at 16:40
    
@BukHix makes an important point here: it takes a little getting used to. Don't just try a stylus for five minutes; everything's clumsier at first as you adjust your whole way of working. –  Tynam May 17 '11 at 17:56
    
@BukHix Is the tablet expensive? I think most of the product of WACOM are targeted at some onliner drawer, and I would only need the basic function probably. –  lamwaiman1988 May 18 '11 at 1:11
    
You can get the Pen Tablet for $69 and the Pen and Touch for $99 at many Best Buys. I have only ever used the Pen so I can't compare the two models but I can tell you this. I have tried to write and draw with the pad and the results have been poor (my problem not the pads) so I don't even try to use it for that. I use it as a 99.9% replacement of the mouse. I still keep a mouse plugged into the computer for .1% of the work I do, which is mostly when I am working with Crystal Reports where I need precision control of the pointer for sizing text boxes etc. –  BukHix May 18 '11 at 12:29

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The simple answer: yes, all mouse actions are achievable with a graphics tablet and stylus.

More sophisticated answer: All mouse actions are achievable, but not all are equally easy.

Easier with tablet: Drag-and-drop, box-select, all graphics / image editing work. If your pad has macro buttons or programmable areas, some routine tasks can be made easier with well-chosen macro controls.

Easier with mouse: Precise clicking on small areas. Any action-based computer game (they're really not designed for tablets). Some tasks which need frequent mouse/keyboard switching - I find it easier to go from keyboard to mouse than to pad. (This is personal preference; try for yourself).

Scrolling can be a tossup depending on your pad; recent Wacom's have a pretty good programmable wheel, but I find mouse slightly easier.

Tablet/stylus uses very different hand motions and postures than the mouse, so it can help with some wrist injuries even if it's no easier to use. A good tablet isn't always cheap, so try before you buy if possible - some people love them, others can't use them.

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