Is it possible to use my finger to press icons on the screen while drawing?

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I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 6, with a detachable keyboard, and I like to remove the keyboard and hold the screen like a sketchbook and draw with my pen.

Ideally, what I'd like to be able to do is use my left hand to select tools and options on the left hand of the screen while I draw with my right hand. Probably the most frequent action I would do is press the increase and decrease brush size icons as I draw. (I have them placed as shown in the attached screenshot, next to the left side edge of my screen).

However, I've discovered that so long as my pen is near the screen, the icons on the left hand side of the screen won't respond. I guess it's something to do with too many conflicting inputs or something.

Does anyone know if there is a way to work around this, or any setting that might help?

Published date : 7 days ago

Updated date : 14 hours ago


  • 6 days ago
    You learn something new every day :)

    Hope that will work out for you :)
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  • 7 days ago
    That's part of the palm rejection of the Surface. If the pen is close to the screen, it disables finger input because it assumes you'll be using the pen to touch the screen. There really isn't a setting to turn off, that's how it's meant to work. You just have to get your pen out of that zone to be able to use finger input.
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  • 6 days ago
    Thanks for responding!

    Turns out, you're right that palm rejection is the reason why I couldn't press buttons while using my pen.

    But, it also turns out that there is a setting to turn this off, not in Clip Studio, but in Windows.

    In Windows settings, under the "Pen & Windows Ink tab", there's an option called "Ignore touch input when I’m using my pen". If I uncheck this box, then I can press buttons on the left side of the tablet while simultaneously using the pen on the right side.

    So far it works pretty well, but, having palm rejection on is probably good because it prevents input confusion, so I'll have to test it a while and see if it causes any problems to have it off.
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