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How to disable “Press and hold to right click” for your Wacom tablet.

UPDATE: This article only works for Windows 10, to view the tips for WINDOWS 11: Click Here to turn off press and hold for your Wacom Tablet on Windows 11

I recently got a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet and have been impressed with it so far. However, there was one thing that I found annoying when trying to paint in Photoshop.

By default, Windows, has enabled a feature under Pen & Touch settings called “Press and hold”.

This feature is really interruptive when drawing and kind of hard to figure out because changing it is not available in any of the Wacom tablet settings.

Basically if you hold your pen still for a second while its touching the tablet windows will activate a right click. This makes drawing super annoying.

example of right click from press and hold
The right click circle menu…

Thankfully it can be turned off.

To begin, go to your Windows search bar and type “Control Panel”. Then hit enter or select the “Control Panel” option in the popup menu.

Select “Pen and Touch” in the right hand column.

Get the latest and greatest Wacom tablet, the new Wacom "Cintiq", the Cintiq lets you draw directly on the screen like it was designed that way:
control panel with pen and touch
The control panel in all its glory.

In the “Pen and Touch” dialog, select “Press and hold” in the list, then select “Settings”.

Pen and touch menu
Pen and Touch menu

Now simply unselect “Enable press and hold for right-clicking” and click “OK”.

press and hold settings
Press and Hold Settings

You could also play around with the speed setting which will change how long it takes for the press and hold menu to appear. This might make right clicking more deliberate. I just turned the feature off completely and right click using the button on the Wacom Pen.

Anyway, I hope this quick tip helped you better utilize your Wacom tablet!

Tired of your old tablet? Check out the Wacom Cintiq, it's a monitor and a tablet combined. You get the legendary precision of a Wacom with the convenience of a tablet screen, it's almost like having digital paper:

Model: Jaclyn Rachelle Tripp (@jaclynrachelle27) • Instagram photos and videos

40 COMMENTS

  1. THANK YOU! Everyone else was saying to turn off the OTHER way (pen settings in system settings) which turning it from there isn’t an option in Win10 (2019) any longer. Oh man.. you saved my brain and patience from frying! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. Muchas gracias!. Es realmente molesto, y busqué infructuosamente en los ajustes de la Tableta sin encontrarlo. Nunca pensé en buscarlo en los ajustes de Windows. Muchísimas gracias por la explicación.

  3. Such a simple thing, but it was driving me nuts! Thank you for taking the time to posting the solution. It worked as described.

  4. Thank you so much! I truly appreciate your help
    It is just impressive the number of times Windows hides a software disservice that sinks your soul in despair. Luckily there are people that can show you the way out of the configuration hell that Windows forces you into.

  5. Why the hell Grosoft didn’t even had the solution! It is like they didnt even try to fully test in creative condition !
    Anyway : THANKS-A-LOT !!!

  6. I turned it off as in the instructions but the pen keeps getting stuck when I’m drawing small details like I was trying to hold and I don’t know how to get rid of that, the guides all just talk about disabling the right click command but not the actual holding part.

  7. This is so easy to understand. Of all the places I’ve come to understand certain things, this is one of the only ones to actually work for me.

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