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Figure 13-14. The writing pad

Figure 13-14. The writing pad

On-Screen Keyboard Mode

Use this mode, shown in Figure 13-15, to display an onscreen keyboard that allows you to use pen taps to select characters, press function keys, or click a specialpurpose key, such as Home, Page Up, or Insert. To use the function keys, you must first tap the Fn key. Also, note that the Ctrl, Windows, and Alt keys are provided, allowing you to enter keystroke combinations, such as Ctrl-Alt-Delete, by tapping each required key. Between the right Alt key and the right Ctrl key, you'll find a properties button. Clicking this button is the equivalent of right-clicking and selecting Properties in the active window.

Figure 13-15. The onscreen keyboard

With Input Panel, AutoComplete works much like AutoComplete in other Microsoft programs. As you enter text, AutoComplete lists possible matches based on items that you've entered before. If an item in the list matches the text that you want to enter, simply tap the suggestion to enter it in the text entry area.

You can enable and disable AutoComplete and other Input Panel options by following these steps:

1. In Input Panel, click Tools, and then click Options. This opens the Options dialog box shown in Figure 13-16.

2. On the Text Completion tab, select or clear the "Suggest matches in Input Panel when possible..." checkbox as appropriate.

3. Optionally, select or clear the "Show text prediction alternates." checkbox as appropriate.

Back-of-Pen Erase allows Input Panel to support Tablet PC pens that have erasers. If the Tablet PC pen has an erase function, you can use the eraser to delete entries from Input Panel. Another way to delete entries is to use scratch-out gestures. As in Windows XP, the Windows 7 Input Panel supports the Z-shaped scratch-out gesture. If you draw a Z over an entry or a series of entries, the entry or entries are deleted.

Windows 7 supports these scratch-out gestures as well:

Strikethrough scratch-out

Delete entries by drawing a horizontal line across an entry or a series of entries. You can draw the horizontal line from right to left or left to right.

Angled scratch-out

Delete entries by drawing a line at an angle across an entry or a series of entries. You can draw the line at an angle from the upper right to the lower left or from the upper left to the lower right.

Figure 13-16. Configuring Input Panel options Vertical scratch-out

Delete entries by drawing an M or a W from right to left over an entry or a series of entries. The M or W should be larger than the entries you are deleting.

Circular scratch-out

Delete entries by drawing a circle over an entry or a series of entries. You can draw the circle around or within the entries.

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