I have a tablet laptop running Windows 10, which supports touch and stylus input.
I'd like to use this like a drawing pad (e.g. Wacom tablet or similar) for my desktop PC.
Would this be possible, and if so, how?
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There's an app called VirtualTablet that I believe does what you're asking. You install it on your tablet/laptop and on your desktop, and it lets you use the tablet as an input for the desktop. It won't have all of the features of a drawing tablet, and there might be some lag depending on the quality of your connection, but from my brief experience it gets the job done!
In Windows 10 in the Anniversary Update, there are three special apps that work with a digital pen and is meant for touchscreen laptops or tablets. The built-in apps feature post-it notes, a sketch pad, and a screen capture and annotation tool. You can use the feature to find more apps built to work with Windows Ink.
To make things work:
Tip: if successfully connected, the device will be identified by name instead of its model number.
Install drivers for your pen and tablet. Even if the devices is correctly detected, official manufacturer drivers are always a safer bet.
With the device connected and driver updated, right-click on the Taskbar and select the ‘Show Windows Ink Workspace button’ option from the context menu. The button will then appear in the system tray. Click it to open the Windows Ink Workspace panel.
Select which program you want to use. Sticky Notes can be used without the pen (it's actually designed for a slightly different purpose). The Sketch Pad and Screen Sketch programs are both best used with a pen and tablet.
So it turns out TeamViewer can do the job. TeamViewer is very similar to VNC, but it allows more functions for their free version. It is possible to run a connection over the local network (which increases speed). In the end, you can simply TeamViewer from the tablet into the desktop work like that.