Fixing Windows Ink issues with Photoshop once for all

Apart from being a programmer, I am a graphic designer and I use Photoshop. Also I have a Wacom graphics tablet which I use for some art.

Since Windows 7, Microsoft started making their operating system support touchscreens and introduced Windows Ink. One of its fetures is the press and hold to right-click functionality which is useful with a no-mouse scenario. The problem starts when you are a regular PC user with graphics tablet used specificaly for drawing. It’s a nightmare then. You want to draw some little details or fiddle with scrollbars? Sorry, buddy, but you pressed the pen and moved it only 3 pixels aways, so you must have right-clicked! And another problem is that it creates a bit of input lag.

Normally you could just turn the proper option off in your Pen and Touch menu of Control Panel, but this isn’t a case at least in my scenario. I don’t know if it’s the fault of the newest Creators Update for Windows 10 or just a regular issue with One by Wacom tablets.

So the alternative workaround for this is disable the Windows Ink support in your Wacom Tablet settings… But Adobe for some reason made Photoshop (from CC 2014 onwards, if I’m not wrong) explicitly use Microsoft’s API Windows Ink for pen pressure, so if you turn it off, your pen starts working like if you were using regular mouse – no brush shape and flow dynamics at all. So it’s like being caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.

But fear not! Fortunately you can manually make your PS use the old WinTab driver instead of Windows Ink. To do this, you need to create PSUserConfig.txt file in your /AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CC 20XX/Adobe Photoshop CC 20XX Settings folder with the following contents:

# Use WinTab
UseSystemStylus 0

Now you just need to re-start your Photoshop and enjoy proper pressure without using the infamous Windows Ink 🙂