Microsoft Provides Workaround for Change in Surface Pen Behavior

Much to the annoyance of customers, Microsoft changed the behavior of the Surface Pen in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Microsoft reps said that it was changed to address feedback, but its possible the company got the feedback wrong because it was a highly unwelcome change.

Microsoft has now provided a registry modification workaround for customers.

From Controlling Pen Behavior in Windows 10:

By executing the following from an elevated command line, the next time any legacy application starts it will get the prior pen behavior from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update: “reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Pen /v LegacyPenInteractionModel /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f”

Anytime you want to switch legacy applications back to the behavior introduced in the Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update, execute this: “reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Pen /v LegacyPenInteractionModel /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f”



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