Tired of dealing with your Wacom tablet losing sensitivity all the time? I figured out a quick fix for this a while ago but never remembered to share it in any shape or form, so here it is for everyone who’s fed up with having to restart their computer every time it happens.
**Please note that the specific instructions are for Windows users, but I’m sure it won’t be too hard to figure out the Mac equivalent of them**
This method takes a bit of pre-planning, but it’s more than worth it in the long run. The first thing you want to do is to go to your Start menu, and navigate as follows:
Start menu > All Programs > Wacom > Wacom Preference File Utility
The above window will pop open. At this point, you will want to click Backup… to save a copy of your current preferences. This should be done while your tablet sensitivity is still working.
The file saving window + file will look something like the image below (Backup.tabletprefs). Try to save it to somewhere that you will have quick access to and won’t forget about. In my case, I just chose my Pictures folder.
…And that’s mostly it! Sort of. The next time your tablet loses sensitivity, save your drawing files, close your drawing applications, and go back to that Wacom Preference File Utility to perform the following steps:
1. Click All User Preferences > Remove
2. Windows may ask you if you want to allow Wacom to make changes to your computer. Click yes.
3. When the preferences are removed, the window will automatically close itself.
4. Open it up again. This time, hit My Preferences > Restore…
5. The file navigation window will pop up. If it isn’t there already, find where you saved the Backup.tabletprefs file and double click the file.
6. Wacom will ask whether or not you want to replace your current preferences. Click Replace and let the program run. When it is finished, a small window will pop up to state that the restoration was successful.
7. That’s it. That’s the whole process. Shouldn’t take more than a minute or two, really. Feel free to start up your art programs again and get back to drawing!
Disclaimer: I cannot and do not guarantee that this will work in all cases, because all I know is that it works for me and the few people that I’ve shared this with. Settings may differ slightly with newer Wacom products.
If you like this post and/or it works for you, please feel free to share it! Hopefully it’ll save some people the grief of having to reboot their computer every time this happens. ; v ;