If you have been using computers for any given amount of time, you will have heard that they are composed of hardware and software. The term hardware refers to the physical components that make up the computer, including mice, keyboards, CPUs, hard disk drives and drawing pads. Software, on the other hand, is the instructions or programs that enable computers to achieve a wide range of functionalities.

Drawing Pads

Drawing pads are hardware devices that are used to hand-draw images, drawings, and other graphics on a computer. Other examples of input devices on a computer are mice and keyboards. Drawing pads are also referred to as graphic tablets, digitizers, drawing tablets, digital drawing tablets, pen tablets, and digital art boards.

How to Properly Install and Use Drawing Pads

The process of setting up your graphics pad varies depending on the manufacturer. However, the devices usually come with an installation CD that contains all the software you need in order to get started. This includes drivers and instruction manuals for the drawing pad.

In order to get started, you need to first install the software onto your computer using the accompanying installation CD. This should be relatively easy since the CD usually comes with step-by-step installation instructions.

Setting Windows Up

When you are done installing the software that came with your drawing tablet, the next thing that you need to do is customize the settings that are in Windows to enable Graphics Pad to properly function. You can do this in Control Panel, which is under Hardware and Sound. You will find the name of your drawing pad listed among the hardware devices. Click on the name in order to begin setting up the device to work as you wish it to. Here, you can change settings that relate to the sounds that are made when drawing and how you wish your pen buttons to function, among other settings. You should also calibrate your drawing pad in order to make sure that it is correctly reading everything that you are inputting into your computer.

Scan, Review, and Update Your Computer’s Drivers Using DriverAssist

Once you have everything set up, you should now be able to use you Drawing Pad. However, it is important for you to make sure that your device continues to function as it was designed to by keeping its drivers updated. Drivers create a link from your computer’s operation system to its hardware, and you would not be able to use your drawing pad or any other hardware device that is on your computer without them.

In order to keep everything functioning as it should, we recommend that you use DriverAssist from SafeBytes. DriverAssist is a lightweight device driver management tool that has been designed to automatically keep your computer up to date by constantly checking to see whether there are any newer versions of the drivers that are installed on it. It then downloads the drivers and updates your computer, thus ensuring that everything continues to function properly.