How to Set Up a Wacom Tablet

By Kevin Krause

Wacom produces several tablet and pen interfaces that enable you to translate a freehand drawing to a digital image on your computer screen. They are great tools for digital artists and designers due to their ease of use. If you can draw by hand, chances are you will have no problem drawing on a Wacom tablet. The install requires downloading a set of special drivers to your computer, but after this simple step, the tablet can be connected and disconnected freely without having to worry about a lengthy set up next time it is to be used.

Things You'll Need

  • Wacom tablet
  • Wacom tablet drivers

Step 1

Close all running applications on your computer, including any anti-virus software that may be enabled. This will help ensure a stable install that will be recognized across your system.

Step 2

Connect the Wacom tablet using the included USB cable directly to an open port on your laptop or desktop computer.

Step 3

Obtain the latest driver for your tablet by visiting the Wacom website and navigating the "Driver Downloads" page. Locate the driver for you tablet and download it to your computer.

Step 4

Install the driver files for your tablet. On a Mac, double-click on the ".dmg" driver file you downloaded, locate the "Install Tablet.pkg" file and double-click to open. Follow the on screen install prompts. On a Windows computer, double click on the downloaded file and click "Run." Follow the on screen prompts. If running Windows XP Service Pack 2 or earlier, ignore any hardware install wizards that may open.

Step 5

Open a program and test that the tablet is recognized and working properly. If not, make sure you have downloaded and installed the correct and latest drivers for your tablet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Connect the tablet through a USB port directly wired to your computer for the most stable response. Do not connect the tablet through a hub or USB splitter.