How to Add Pressure Sensitivity to Windows 8 Touchscreen Tablets

The trick is to find the right driver

Microsoft Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3

Current releases of the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet PC include a pressure-sensitive pen that offers more than 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity, but if you have an early Microsoft Surface Book or other Windows 8 tablet PC with a touchscreen and stylus support, you've probably noticed the screen lacks pressure sensitivity. Ideally, you want to be able to draw or write on the screen lightly for faint lines, and then press harder for stronger, bolder marks.

For these tablet PCs, you need to use a device with a Wacom digitizer to add pressure sensitivity to your tablet. 

Wacom Compatibility

This list of stylus-enabled tablet PCs shows which devices use Wacom or another manufacturer for the screen. If yours is Wacom, head to The most current drivers are listed in the first section along with the operating system. Drivers for previous generation products are listed in the next section. Select the driver compatible with your tablet PC and Windows 8. Click the Download button to download the driver.

After you install the driver and reboot, you'll have true pressure sensitivity on your tablet or laptop.

Changing the Stylus Sensitivity

You may have a learning curve when working with a stylus. You use pen flicks for quickly moving a page up and down, copying and pasting, or deleting content. However, if the stylus sensitivity is not set high enough, the tablet PC won't interpret the stylus movements accurately. If you are having problems with this, increase the sensitivity of the stylus. 

Depending on the model of your tablet PC, searching for "pen" or "stylus" in the Start menu or Control Panel should bring up the menu where you can change the stylus settings.