How to Calibrate a Touch Screen

By Jason Artman

Tablet PCs, Windows Mobile or Pocket PC devices are all wonderful tools, noted for their ability to allow quick note-taking on the go, thanks to their touch screens. If your device's touch screen is not responding as accurately as it used to, run a calibration operation to restore its responsiveness.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer or PDA with touch screen
  • Pointing device (stylus)

Windows Tablet PC

Step 1

Click "Start" on the Windows desktop. You may wish to do this with the stylus and with the PC converted into tablet mode for easier calibration.

Step 2

Click "Control Panel." Double click "Tablet PC Settings."

Step 3

Click "Reset" in the Tablet PC Settings window to reset the existing calibration data.

Step 4

Click "Calibrate" to begin the calibration process. Tap the areas of the screen specified by the calibration utility; your screen will be calibrated.

Windows Mobile Device

Step 1

Tap the "Start" button on your Windows Mobile or Pocket PC device to access the screen calibration function.

Step 2

Tap Settings > System > Screen.

Step 3

Tap "Align Screen" to begin calibration. Tap the screen as directed by the utility; the screen will be calibrated.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some Tablet PCs ship with their own calibration utility, provided by the computer manufacturer, rather than the built-in Windows utility. If your Tablet PC does not have the Windows calibration utility, some features and menu options may differ slightly.