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Posted on Sep 02, 2007

Pen is always drawing

I use my Wacom Graphire 4 tablet with Photoshop Elements 6.0 on a new MacBook, with OS X. The mouse works fine, but the pen is not working properly. The pen is always drawing even when I am not touching the tablet..... I would appreciate any advise because I am stuck. Thank you

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  • jkmcclure Jan 02, 2008

    I'm a novice with my tablet, however it doesn't seem correct that is ALWAYS drawing. It seems the pointer is incorrect because when I use the pen on non-drawing applications it just highlights everything (instead of just pointing).

    I'm not sure if my nib is correct or incorrect, but it's new and nothing is broken.

    I open up any drawing application and it draws all the time, even when it's hovering above the tablet. How do I get it to draw on pressure or when I want it to draw?

  • Anonymous May 04, 2008

    same here! when i'm trying to draw, it draws a continuous line unless i lift the pen several inches above the tablet. it's very frustrating, and i rebooted the computer and nothing happened. this has never happened before.

  • Chicken Wing May 04, 2008

    yes, i have this problem too. it's never done it before and i've had it a couple years. i don't know how to take out the nib. i also am not sure what number graphire i have. i downloaded the new drive and changed the sensitivity settings but nothing works. it is really frustrating and any good ideas would be appreciated.

  • Bafa Jul 25, 2008

    Same problem, pen keeps drawing, whatever settings I apply. It started since I switched to Vista. Have tried the suggested solutions, but nothing helps. Installed latest driver and tablet service is running. Checked nib and tablet surface for dust. I don't use it a lot, so I doubt the nib is worn out. The Graphire 4 is not Vista certified, does that have something to do with this problem?

  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2009

    Solution #2 is the best, works for me, thanks man, I was going nuts!!

  • hrcarlsen Mar 10, 2009

    Hmmm neither of the solutions helped me out. Can anyone tell me what's going on? I use the same settings as usual, but for some reason the pen keeps fre@'%ng drawing.

  • Anonymous Apr 12, 2009

    neither of the solutions work. when i look at the lamp it turns green before it touches the pad, is not only supposed to turn green when it's touching?


3 Answers



Dear All,

I have experienced the same problems in the aforementioned cases about the pen randomly highlighting things on the desktop/making selections, as well as loss of double tapping feature for double clicking. For my situation, I am pleased to say that I've managed to resolve the problem it may or may not help but worth a try. The solution:
(1) go to control panel and open up the 'Pen Tablet' icon,
(2) under 'Tracking' select 'Pen Mode' and click on 'Details' tab,
(3) under 'Screen Area' select 'Monitor' (*IMPORTANT*)
(* other settings I have are: 'unchecked' force proportions, 'Tablet Area' set to 'full', number of monitors under 'Screen Area' set to 1)
Following the above steps should remedy the problem. It worked for me. I hope it proves useful to you as well.

Kindest regards,

  • Anonymous Aug 23, 2013

    this solved my issue thanks




I have the same problem with my Graphire 3 and my brand new macbook. The tablet worked fine for 2 weeks, then started going "crazy".

I downloaded the latest driver from the Wacom site:

And it started working again.

Except the next day, when I came back it was back to crazy again. So I suspect it's a software problem, and not a hardware one.

But I figured a work around. I opened the tablet pen in System Preferences. Voila! The pen is recognised properly and works again! Maybe some smart tech dude and explain why...

But it works for the time being...



Its the nib that is causing the problem - did you replace it or take it out recently? try taking it out and making sure that when u replace it or put it back in that nothing (dirt, fluff, whatever) is obstructing the passage way that the nib fits into.

hope this helps

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