Once you have become familiar with using your Pen Tablet and want to explore your options in customizing it to meet your needs and workflow, the below instruction will walk you through the different areas you can use to customize your Pen Tablet and Pens.  

The land of customization starts with the Settings panel. To access the Settings panel, press the Tablet Control button top Center. 

If you have a Pen Tablet, the image to the right is what you will see when you open the Setting panel.

[1] The Setting panel will open to the Home page,

{2] the Device window shows what connected Xencelabs devices the Setting panel sees (as connected).

*You will also see the Pen Tablet's battery life percentage.

** The dark column on the left is how you will select and navigate to the different devices.

If you have the Pen Tablet Bundle or the Special Edition Bundle, this is what you will see when you open the Settings panel.

[3] The Settings panel will open to the Home page.

[4] You will see your Quick Keys in the Device window. If you do not, it means that it is not connected.

*You will also see the Pen Tablet and Quick Keys battery life percentage.

** The dark column on the left is how you will select and navigate to the different devices.

Now that we have the Settings panel open, let's dive into the different elements of the Settings panel. We will start at the top and work our way down the navigation list.

[1] Selecting the Pen Tablet from the left navigation column will bring you to the screen you see to the right.

[2] This is the Application row, where you will add an application, and then you can make custom settings that will affect only that application. We'll dive deeper into that in a minute.

[3] Battery life indacator.

[4] Corner Light - also called active area lights. These can be set to change with the application you are using.

[5] These are the Tablet Control buttons. By default, they are set from left to right for, Launch Settings, Adjust Pressure, and Switch Display.

They can be changed to meet your needs better.

[6] Windows Inkcheck box. By default, it is checked. If you are using an application that is using Wintab, you will first need to add the application to the Application row and then uncheck the Windows Ink box.

[7] Reset Tablet. If you have made changes and or the Pen Tablet is not working correctly, you may want to reset it back to installation defaults.

[8] This is the Xencelabs driver you have installed. If there is a new update, the phrase "Driver Update Available" will be displayed in red above this.

[9] The Gear menu is for Global changes. We'll take a look at the features and controls there next.

[10] The Gear is for Global settings changes.

[11] Starting at the top of the list;

Remove Selected Applications - If you want to remove an application that you added to the Application row, you will click on it and then select Remove Selected Application. It is grayed out because no application is selected.

Export User Settings - Once you have customized your Tablet or Quick Keys, you will want to backup the settings. This is where you would do that from.

Import User Setting - This is where you import your backed-up settings. You may need to do this after a major operating system upgrade.

Reset All to Default - You would use this to reset every element in the Settings panel back to default settings.

Manage Wireless Pairing - This is where you unpair or repair your Pen Tablet or Quick Keys to the wireless dongle. You can have two devices connected to the wireless dongle. This can be a Pen Tablet and Quick Keys or two Quick Keys (but not two Tablets).

Diagnostics - This will allow you to teat the Tablets buttons and all aspects of the Pens and Quick Keys.

[12] Selecting the 3-Buttom pen or the Thin pen, the settings are the same, except that the Thin only has two buttons.

[13] This shows you what device is selected.

[14] The Customize 3-Button Pen drop-down menu will have selects that are specific to this pen.

I'll show those selections in the next screenshot.

[15] Pen Pressure settings - these are basic pressure settings.

[16] Eraser, Top Button, Middle Button, and Bottom Button. Each of these menus has the same selections, and I'll detail those below.

[17] Advance Settings for the pen pressure and also for accessing the Tilt settings.

[18] Reset for the 3-Button pen. Pressing this reset will only reset the selected pen.

Customize Pen Settings - 3-Button and Thin Pen

[19] Customize 3-Button Pen settings. These are the same for the Thin pen.

Pen Tilt - by default, Tilt is turned on. You can toggle it off by sliding the slider to the left.

Pen Buttons - By default, Pen Buttons are active and "turned on." You can turn them off by sliding the slider to the left.

Mouse Mode - By default, Mouse Mode is turned off. If you want to activate it, you can slide it to the right. 

Pen Button custom settings

[20] When you cursor over the Button dropdown menu, the button on the pen will highlight, showing you where that button is located.

[21] Clicking on the Button selection will drop the menu down. The menu is the same for each of the Pen buttons for both pens.

Mouse Clicks - This is where you would select a Right, Left, Middle, Double, or Click Lock for this button.

Keystroke - This is where you would enter a keyboard shortcut or use the Add Special to add a preselected keystroke.

Modifier - This will allow you to add a combination of control keys - Shift, Ctrl, Alt, and Space and also allow you to select in conjunction Mouse click with these keys.

A common one is Ctrl + Right Click for Ps brush size and feathering ability.

Tablet - This selection will allow you to set different Tablet operations like Precession mode and Switch Displays.

Application - This allows you to add functions like File Explorer or Run or Open an application to a button.

Eraser - You can set a button to erase.

Disable - You can disable or turn off a button by selecting this option.

Reset To Default - This will reset any action you have assigned to this button only back to its default setting.

Advance Setting Selections (both pens)

[23] When you click on Advance Settings, it will open the screen to the right giving you access to fine-tune your pen and eraser pressure settings.

[24] By default, PenTip is selected. You will have these same settings if you select Eraser.

[25] The Pen Pressure curve allows you to fine-tune your pen pressure to how you want to draw.

[26] Show you where your pen pressure is set.

[27] This is the Test Box. Once you have adjusted to your pen pressure, you can test it and see how it reacts to your pen.

[28] You can apply these settings to all your applications added to the Application row.

[29] Selecting OK saves your settings.

Advance Setting Selection - More

[30] Selecting More will bring you to the Pen Tilt Sensitivity adjustment slider.

[31] By default, it is set to 1x. You can experiment and move it around to see how it affects your drawing style.


[32] Preferences will allow you to customize how your tablet sees your display or displays and also allows you to use a portion of your Pen Tablet with your display.

[33] This shows how your active area on your Tablet is mapped.

[34] By default, it is mapped to your entire Tablet. You can drop down the menu and select a portion if you want to use a smaller area on your tablet.

[35] This shows how your Displays are mapped to your Tablet. By default, it is mapped as "All Displays." You can drop this menu and select one display to be mapped to.

[36] This is the menu selection for your display and will allow you to select one display if you want to avoid having your Tablet mapped to All Displays.

[37] Sleep Time for - by default, your Tablet Pen Tablet is selected, and the time is set to Never. I suggest setting it to 30 minutes.

[38] You can disable the buttons at the top of the Tablet by checking this box.

[39] This reset will reset only the elements on this page.

Getting help

If at any point you would like to reach out to Customer Care, you can select one of the methods to the right.

1. Support Link: https://www.xencelabs.com/us/support

2. Email address: CustomerCare@xencelabs.com

3. On any page that has the Help icon (in Yellow) at the lower right, you can click on that and search for FAQ articles or reach out to Customer Care directly.