Tablet TIP tip: ensuring the tip works with text fields



Demetri just left a question in our comments that’s probably worth answering in a post; I’m sure other folks could use this "tip" on the Tablet Input Panel (TIP). Here’s Demetri’s question:

"I am unable to fill out gmail with the TIP. Does anyone have a "tip" on enabling the TIP in gmail?"

It’s not just Gmail where this issue occurs in my experience. Various text fields have just stayed blank on me when I try to insert handwritten text from the TIP. Turns out, there’s a setting that’s tucked away in XP to solve the problem, so you’ll want to check here first.

Hit up your Control Panel in XP and then tap on "Regional and Language Options". You should see three tabs: tap the second tab, titled "Languages":


Tap the "Details" button to see the "Text Services and Input Languages" dialog that shows you the installed advanced text service features:


Choose the second tab here, it’s called "Advanced":


The first checkbox activates advanced text services, ink in this case, for programs that normally wouldn’t support it. Make sure this box is checked and ensure that the second checkbox is not checked. Click OK, which might prompt for a system reboot. One you’ve rebooted, give Gmail another try!


Demetri Poulos

OK, so the floating TIP works in all the fields except the mainbody “field”. Maybe it is not a field? Sound, like others are experiencing the same thing. Thanks for the help yall.
Merry Christmas!


This is how my settings have been for awhile, floating TIP for me works in all aspects of Gmail save the main compose section; which I use the docked version. Not bad since I write long emails any way.

Anton P. Nym

I tried that and couldn’t get the floating TIP to fire in gmail… the static one on the toolbar, however, worked fine after invoking that option.


Since then, I’ve resorted to busting out the keyboard when hitting the gmail. (Hmm… anybody tried GoogleTalk with the TIP yet?)

— Steve

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