First of all, I got an email notification that someone replied to this post.
But I don't see any replies here so, if someone did in fact reply, I would
much appreciate if you could repost.
Since I posted the question, I found out how to use the mouse to write
chinese via the Tablet PC Input Panel from these webpages:
By replicating the mouse movements & clicks on the touchpad, I can also use
the touchpad to write chinese. However, the shortcoming of going this route
a) the hand movements required to use the mouse to write what you normally
use a pen to write feels very unnatural and will certainly hurt your wrist
after about a dozen or so chinese characters; and
b) the hand movements required to use the touchpad suffers from the same
problem as for the mouse but has the additional problem that, between
strokes, you need to first reposition the mouse pointer to the proper
location first before continuing to the next stroke - you do indeed need to
do the same when using the mouse but that movement is very natural to normal
mouse usage whereas it is very unnatural for touchpad usage (to me anyway)
The effect of issue (b) is that if I were to use the touchpad like you would
use a writing pad peripheral or an actual tablet pc, all your strokes would
become connected with the resultant line looking like tracing a path through
a maze. In order to avoid that, the mouse pointer needs to be repositioned
to the desired location between strokes.
So the last piece of my puzzle is thus this: how can I configure the
touchpad such that when I use it as a Tablet PC Input Panel to enter chinese
(or other handwriting) it will behave like a writing pad peripheral while
behaving like a regular touchpad in other/normal situations?
If anyone has any pointers for that, I would much appreciate it. Thanks.
> Hi Folks,
> I am using vista home premium on a laptop with a touchpad. I am trying to
> find a way to use the touchpad to enter chinese characters (or any language
> in fact) via the handwriting recognition feature described in
> If anyone can tell me how to set this up, I would much appreciate. I have
> essentially zero knowledge in all this - in fact I don't even know how to use
> the keyboard to enter chinese - so if you can describe from scratch, that
> would be great. Thanks a lot.