How to Fix Surface Pro Pen Pressure Sensitivity Not Working

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When Microsoft decided to market Surface devices, it wanted to make sure that people could do real work. Well, one of the most popular versions of Surface Pro is Surface Pro 3, and after what we have collected, some users have problems with it. Apparently, pressure sensitivity does not work as it should when people use artistic programs. These owners have problems with applications like FireAlpaca, GIMP and even Photoshop CS6, although it works well with Office 365 and the Surface application.

Before going any further, make sure that the applications you use are updated to newer versions whenever possible. We note that most designers prefer to use Photoshop CS6, so an update is not in sight due to the greedy nature of Adobe.

You can use the Ink Test section to test the sensitivity of your new pen by drawing or writing (be sure to try different pressures). The application automatically saves your settings.

Almost as incredible was the lack of a workaround for the problem – at least as far as I could find – of Microsoft, Adobe or the Internet in general.

But the workaround is actually quite simple – and even official. It’s just very, very little documented.

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Disable the “Press and Hold” function.

The “Press and Hold” function is integrated in the pen and touch panel.

Note: Some suggest disabling “Flicks” (which is also part of the pen and touch screen), but in my case this was not necessary.

  1. Search for “Flicks” with the Home Search widget to open the Pen and Touch Panel window in the Flicks tab. Here you have the possibility to disable “Flick” if you wish.
  2. The real problem is to press the right mouse button and hold it down to get a right click. When I disabled this option, Photoshop was able to save the pen print.
  3. To change the pressure and hold behavior, go to the Pen Options tab and double-click Press and hold in the pen action list.
  4. In the Press and Hold settings, you can disable the “Enable Press and Hold for Right Click” option.
  5. Click OK, Apply and OK.

Installing Microsoft Wintab device driver

The only thing you need to run Photoshop and GIMP with the Surface Pro 4 pressure sensitive stylus is the latest Microsoft Wintab driver.

Check the option (or the latest version if you read it). You can also download and install all driver updates for the other packages.

Once downloaded, expand the zip file and run the WinTab_Setup_x64 application following all on-screen instructions.

Go through the installation process, then restart and start Photoshop (in my case CS6). No additional steps are required for Photoshop. There you go! There you go! Pressure sensitivity is abundant!

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