I have a Wacom Bamboo pen tablet.

When I press CTRL, SHIFT, or ALT, a little yellow bubble pops up near my cursor.

This interfers with screenshots etc.

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Wacom has informed me that this is not a feature of the pen software but of Windows 7.

Does anyone know how I can turn this off?


I'm adding these notes here as a quick run down for when I have to configure my Wacom Bamboo pen on a new operating system:

  • to remove the click animations and little bubbles described above, do as Simon described below: type "gpedit.msc" in the command line window, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Tablet PC > Cursor, then click "Turn off pen feedback" and ENABLE it.

  • to remove the "press and hold circle animation", open "Table PC Settings", click on "Go to Pen and Touch", click on "Press and Hold" and then on the "Settings" button, uncheck "Enable press and hold for right-clicking" NOTE: Revisiting this in 2020, what worked is what Crobemeister and molee suggest below: Windows Icon > Wacom Preferences > Tablet Mode > Correspondance... (French), then unclick "Use Windows Ink" (French: "Utiliser entrée manuscrite Windows")

  • to change buttons, open "Pen Tablet Properties", change front button to "double click", close window (there is no OK button here)

  • to prevent that yellow handwriting window from appearing on the screen, I forgot how I turned that off, will record it next time, just click around in the settings either in "Table PC Settings" or "Pen Tablet Properties", there is a checkbox for it somewhere, good luck.

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If disabling TabletInputService doesn't work for you try the following :

Type "gpedit.msc" in the command line window and press enter.

Now, at the new window that opens, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Tablet PC > Cursor.

Now enable the Turn off pen feedback setting. Yes - you have to enable it to disable it. Then they'll disappear.

This may be of use to anyone using Visual Studio 2010 which seems to want to reenable the bubbles for some reason!

  • Yes, follow these instructions and it will work, enable to disable. Thanks. Oct 19, 2010 at 6:59
  • Note to people who use their tablet: This will probably disable pen pressure sensitivity. Sep 18, 2011 at 1:28
  • Could you provide equivalent registry changes for somebody without gpedit.msc? Oct 30, 2011 at 13:26
  • awesome, disabling Tablet Input Service fixed all problems with my Intuos4 pen! Besides the annoying Ctrl/Alt/Shift icons, Right click didn't work except when enabling "Use the pen button as a right-click equivalent", and that made an awful pause every time... After disabling the service, right-click works and there are no annoying rings, icons or delays when using the pen. Feb 2, 2013 at 4:57
  • aaaah, windows, the things you can do with it!
    – Ayyash
    Mar 4, 2013 at 5:30

What it looks like it is doing is displaying the tooltips for whatever is around your curser when you press one of those buttons. Seeing you cannot 'hover' using a pen tablet, Windows 7 (and I think Vista as well) has a 'handy' 'function' that enables you to view tooltips. It does not appear as if you can turn these off.

However, there is a bit of a work around, according to a Windows forum:

One way to disable it is to go to the Wacom Tablet Properties control panel applet, select the Mapping tab, and select the "Mouse" mode. However, this will also disable the tablet PC supports (e.g. pen flick, tablet input panel tip appears next to textbox etc).

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    although setting the pen to "mouse mode" makes the bubble indicators vanish, you lose the absolute positioning of the pen which makes the pen almost impossible to use, e.g. to paint with, there must be a way to turn these bubbles off Nov 5, 2009 at 0:10

Just had this issue with my Wacom Bamboo.

Open Wacom Preferences Go to Pen tab Click Mapping button under the Tracking section Deselect the check box at the bottom that says: Use Windows Ink


I found an easier solution to this problem. Go to wacom tablet properties, navigate to "calibrate" and uncheck "use windows ink".

  • This worked for me, however I found the option in the Wacoom properties, Pen, "Mapping..." under "Pen Mode", and "Use Windows Ink".
    – Vegard
    Aug 7, 2017 at 17:26

Disabling the metioned service is not viable for me since I need fast access to virtual keyboard and writing recognition and using gpedit.msc isn't working since I have Windows 7 Home Premium.

The solution involves registry editing so please make a backup before doing it!

  • Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe from Start menu)

  • Go to HKEY CURRENT USER → Software → Microsoft → Wisp-Pen-SysEventParameters

  • Locate UIButtonMode and edit value to 0

  • In the same place create new DWORD (right click on blank space, New → DWORD (32bit))

  • Name it UIModKeyMode and edit value to 0

  • Restart PC

That's it.


I found the answer: go into Services, and stop and disable "Tablet PC Input Service", et voila :-)

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    Does this alter any of the other tablet functions? Nov 5, 2009 at 3:20
  • No, it just works, even after reboot is disabled. It seems to just turn off that "write with handwriting and then click it into a textbox" which is impressive technically but I can't see any reason why I would use it, being able to type 10x as fast as I can write. Nov 6, 2009 at 5:23
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    Strange, after a couple days, the bubbles are back yet TabletInputService is still disabled and stopped. If I delete TabletServicePen, then they go away, but then my wacom pen goes into mouse mode, which makes it impossible to draw with, so I am back to having the bubbles pop up when I press ALT, CTRL, or SHIFT. :-( Nov 7, 2009 at 18:16
  • ...and after another reboot, they are gone again, which is nice. So if you are having this problem as well, disabling this service seems to be the answer as long as you don't need the hand writing tools. Nov 9, 2009 at 5:32
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    Visual Studio 2010 seems to put the bubbles back for some bizarre reason. very frustrating! there must be some .exe running that can be killed but i dont know what
    – Simon
    Dec 10, 2009 at 21:46

The bubbles that appear around clicks (as well as the tooltips for Ctrl/Alt keys) is caused by the Flicks applet. Right click on Flicks in your tray to disable them.

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