Wacom Tablet:- How to disable Windows Ink & Keep Pressure Sensitivity in Adobe Photoshop.

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Sometimes You Really Want To Disable Windows Ink In Your Wacom Graphics Tablet.

This is an issue I ran into a while ago & it took me few hours before finding the solution. Which was simple, but very hard for me to come up with on my own.

As many of Wacom graphics tablets users, Windows produce these annoying bubbles you see whenever you press any modifier key like CTRL, Shift or Alt. One common solution is to disable these bubbles in the Group Policy in Windows. This solution has worked very well for me in Windows 7, but totally didn’t work in Windows 10.

After some research, I discovered that disabling Windows Ink from the Wacom Properties dialog solve this problem, but I completely lose pressure sensitivity.

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A little solution I found in Adobe forum completely solved this issue with me. So I don’t take credit for it. I am just spreading the word here, which is part of what I do in this blog.

How To Disable Windows Ink For Your Wacom Tablet & Keep Pressure Sensitivity In Adobe Photoshop.

Kindly follow the following advice to solve this problem:-

Disable Windows Ink From Wacom Tablet Properties if you haven’t already.

You can access this dialog from the start menu.

Disable-Windows-Ink-Wacom-Properties-Dialog

Open Notepad, or any text editor of your choice

As long as it can save files with the TXT extension.

Type the following lines in the file:-

# Use WinTab

UseSystemStylus 0

___________________________________________________
___________________________________________________

The first line is not really necessary, as it’s a comment. And it just tells Photoshop to use Wintab on its own.

Save the file with the name PSUserConfig.txt

Place this file Into Photoshop settings folder.

C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\<Photoshop Version>\<Photoshop version> Settings\

The exact path is different based on the version of Photoshop version you have installed, as well as the username you are logged in with. In my case, the path was like this on the computer I am typing this with:-

C:\Users\Erica\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 Settings

Note:- The AppData folder is hidden by default. You need to unhide it first before proceeding, or to just paste the folder name in Windows Explorer. Click here for the instructions on how to unhide folders in different versions of Windows.

Restart Photoshop if it’s running & you are set to go.

And Finally

I hope this solution has helped you with this problem that made me pull my hair for some time. This solution may not be suitable to those who use other application than Photoshop, but at least it’s useful for some of us.

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SweetMonia
I am an anime artist, and huge fan of digital art. I love drawing with pencils too. But I rarely do that anymore nowadays. Since some aspects of digital art can be tricky, I try my best to explain the concepts as easily as possible.

128 Comments

    1. This thing has been driving me nuts for months. Even at Wacom they couldn’t give me a solution. Thank you so much!

      1. You’re always welcome! I had some troubles with Windows 10 myself, so I am glad I was able to help many it its users ^^

  1. YOU ARE A SAVIOR! I WAS GOING NUTS. I cannot imagine how all the people using wacom and windows are living not knowing this!

  2. Hello!

    I’m having this problem too, do you know when you press Alt + pen button and you drag to increase-reduce brush size in Photoshop? Well, even trying your solution doesn’t solve the problem, it just selects the eyedropper. Of course, disabling Windows Ink solves the problem, but say good bye to the pen pressure, you know.

    Did you have this problem as well?

    Thank you very much!!

  3. YES! THANK YOU!!! This has been bugging me for a long time. The bug appeared after I tried Photoshop CC 2018 (and 2017), but doesn’t appear in CS6. There is a small brush lag at the beginning of each stroke. Slow, sticky movement of the brush. There was a proposed solution – to disable “flicks” from the control panel -> pen and touch. However, the bug persisted. The other solution was to disable Windows Ink, and that turned off the pressure, but fixed the lag issue. This combination of cures is what finally works!

  4. Godsend.

    YOU ARE A GODSEND.

    I’d like to say as much for Adobe, Wacom & Microsoft (the Devil’s trifecta), but I can’t.

  5. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

    This has fixed my issue with stuttering brush lag, which was killing my workflow. OF COURSE it’s a Windows Ink issue. It’s also frustrating that Adobe doesn’t include an option to turn it off in program. The number of issues people have dealt with between Windows, Photoshop, and Wacom over the years is absurd. It’s almost feels like they don’t want people using their products.

    1. I am flattered to hear that. It’s my pleasure to have my blog help artists like me ^^

      You’re always welcome!

  6. Thank the stars for your help and Google search engines that found your blog. You are awesome! Thank you SO much! I was being driven mad by this.

    1. The pleasure is mine! I made the post because many people (including me) suffered from this issue. Please share it around so people benefit from it :>

  7. I’ve been dealing with weird Wacom hiccups and Windows Ink issues for YEARS, on so many computers.
    Thank you SO MUCH for this simple fix!!! Awesome!

  8. Very important!

    Make sure you let your hidden folders be visible, or else you won’t be able to find your AppData folder. Go into your Control Panel > Appearance & Personalization > File Explorer Options > check “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”.

    Then you can resume this GODSEND of a tutorial from there.

    1. Thank you for the tip, I probably missed that for some reason.

      I will update the tutorial to indicate that too, so people could follow it without any issue ^^

    2. Thank you both. I was getting so upset that I still couldn’t get it to work until I saw this comment about hidden folders, and then it worked. Great fix!

  9. OH MY GOD THANK FUCK
    PHOTOSHOP WAS ALL MESSED UP SUDDENLY AND I DID ALL THE TROUBLESHOOTING AND NOTHING WORKED UNTIL I FOUND THIS

    i love u
    thank you so much <3<3

  10. Hi Monia,
    Thanks a lot for the post. I may be the one person who is still stymied by this. I don’t have the ‘AppData’ folder under C:\users\Marco
    Have you heard of that issue anywhere else before?

    Thanks again

  11. This also solved two other issues I was trying to solve for an hour. You are a genius and should have your own altar in the church of Adobe worshippers! :*

    1. Awww, that’s nice of you! I only take the credit of passing this method to other artists. I am glad this method helped you, which seems to have helped many artists so far :3

  12. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    i was working on photoshop and whenever i use brush tool with my intuos it just jump scroll like crazy. it realy frustated me since i have a deadline near.

    this help me solved it! thank you again!

    1. You’re welcome! And yes, a lot of people suffered from that problem in the last 2-3 days. I am glad I was able to help you & many others solve the problem ^^

      And good luck with your deadline~ :>

  13. Idk what I’m missing but I still can’t find my appdata folder after checking the show hidden folders thing and I’m having an aneurysm rn

    1. Hi sikadeer! Go to the folder “C:\Users\[User Name]\”, then try typing the “AppData” in Windows Explorer address bar, it could work.

  14. You’re a LIFE SAVER!! Literally!
    I draw for living and after my wacom update windows ink made it impossible for me to use any of my graphic program and I was about to bring my mobile studio to a shop even though I had a meeting in two days.
    This just solved everything.

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  15. Hi this isn’t working for me, when I go into my Wacom Tablet settings it’s looks completely different than yours, it doesn’t give me the option to turn off windows ink, I tried searching “Windows ink” in my search bar and turning off everything in settings but it still didn’t work. I’m using a wacom intuos comic small

  16. thank you!

    i’ve been going nutzo…totally forgot about the “# Use WinTab — UseSystemStylus 0” work around…heck, i haven’t had to worry about that stoopit thing since CC2014!
    thank good stuff that there’s smart people like you to remember the lore that we mere mortals forgot!

    (=´∀`)人(´∀`=)♪♪

  17. Thank you so much, this worked like a charm! I thought my tablet was done for until I found this solution. It didn’t even occur to me that it had to do with a Windows Update!

  18. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!.

    Windows Ink was causing my window menus to scroll uncontrollably without using the side bar (to scroll up and down the document windows). Even the canvas in photoshop would scroll from side to side while in brush or any other modes.

    NOW WINDOWS INK is OFF and PEN PRESSURE is ON!

    THANKS TO YOU and your source.

    1. Hi there! I don’t know what probably went wrong, but please check the filename. Also, make sure you restart Photoshop after you do the steps…

    1. Hi there,

      Just in case, the name of the folder is different based on the version you have, so it could be “Adobe Photoshop 2014 settings” for you. The version name doesn’t matter

      I never encountered an issue where the folder doesn’t exist. so I don’t know if creating it manually would work.

  19. Thank you, Thank you.
    I should have done a search earlier on this problem.
    Your explanation was easy to accomplish in a few minutes and all works well now.
    Would have saved so much time and effort and I broke my pen thinking it was mechanical at he same time.
    Your site looks like a treasure trove of information and have booked marked it for future reference.
    Thanks again,
    Kevin

    1. You’re always welcome! It’s my pleasure that the solution here has worked for you! I hope you like the rest of my blog too ^^

  20. I rarelly post comments anywhere. “I never comment anywhere” would be more accurate. BUT YOU DID MADE MY PS WORK THE WAY I LIKE AGAIN.
    You deserve all the kisses.
    -L.

  21. i appreciate the help, however after following all the steps it doesn’t seem to be working for me. After placing the text file into the folder and restarting ps i cant draw anything with the pen, the canvas stays blank, however with the mouse i can still draw stuff. When i remove the file from the folder i can draw again but the problems are still there =( maybe its because im using a Huion Kamvas instead of wacom

    1. Hi there,

      I don’t know what could be wrong here. But have you disabled Windows Ink in your Huion driver options? There’s a similar option to the one in Wacom as far as I remember. Since the mouse work for you, there’s most likely something wrong with Windows 10 or the driver.

      I hope you get to solve this issue soon~

      1. yeah i tried that, and reinstalled drivers, but to no avail. Checked to see if i had the wintab file in the system32 folder and it was there which confused me even more, and the tablet works fine in Mischief which is a drawing software, but thanks anyways =)

      2. Thought id let you know that i fixed it. Just reinstalled PS and tried the exact same steps and this time it worked for some reason lol, i hate computers sometimes.

        1. I am glad you were able to solve it. I agree that computers can be stupid at times ;.;

          Microsoft released a new Windows 10 update that solves this problem too by the way~

  22. OH MY GOD IT FUCKING WORKED. I have had this issue for so long and i WANTED TO die! I had no idea how to fix it without loosing pressure sensitivity. I never trust these kind of posts, because i never believe they actually work, its just spam but MISS. YOU HAVE MADE MY WEEK! thankyou, really well explained, ( even the whole hidden folder thing) . you are a star, triple brownie points for you!

    1. Yes, sometimes websites offer generic solutions or complicated ones that changes the registry & other things. I am glad you gave my solution a chance.

      Also, if you like, there’s a Windows 10 update that Wacom support says it solves the problem~

      1. OMG Super thank you, I stopped drawing digitally for almost a month because of this problem and now you solved it OMG , because of you I will be able to start again, I LOVE YOU *HUGGGG* !!!!

        1. I am sorry you had to stop drawing all that time, technology can sure be a headache at times. At the same time, I am glad I was the reason you can do it again ^^

          I love you too Sumin!
          *Hugs Back*

  23. Thank you for sharing – this has been one of those bugs that the folks at Wacom just don’t seem to care or even know about. It’s an enourmous issue for us professionals!

    Works a treat :)

  24. This doesn’t work with Adobe Photoshop Elements and I still haven’t found a fix because Elements 14 doesn’t have an actual Settings folder. I’ve tried to add the PSUserConfig.txt into some various places that google searches have told me are the PSE’s equivalent of the “Settings” folder (yeah that’s as dumb as it sounds), but still doesn’t work.
    I’ve checked the Adobe Forums and there are multiple people with the SAME issue but no response other than one and it being “revert your Windows updates” which, to be honest, isn’t that reasonable and that seems like only a last ditch effort thing to do.
    Anyone actually know a solution that’s compatible with Elements? Because I haven’t been able to draw for months, and I don’t have means to get a subscription for the larger more professional versions of Adobe Photoshop. There MUST be a solution somewhere. Anyone?

    1. Hello Trio,

      Unfortunately, I am not very familiar with Photoshop Elements much myself, but from what I know, Microsoft released another update the fixes the problem. So you may not have to use the solution in the post above at all. Have you tried updating your Windows?

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