Getting started with your Bamboo Ink

Here’s an easy six-step guide on how to set up Bamboo Ink and get started with Windows Ink (the quick and easy pen-driven feature on your Windows 10 device).

Before we start:

Please check if your Windows device is on this list. If your device is on this list please click here

  • Dell™ Venue 10 Pro™
    5000 Series (5055) 
  • Fujitsu LIFEBOOK® P727 
  • Fujitsu LIFEBOOK® T937 
  • HP EliteBook x360 
  • HP Pro x2 612 G2
  • HP Elite x2 1012 G1 

  • HP ENVY 8 Note Tablet 
  • Toshiba dynaPad N72
  • Lenovo™ Miix 510 
  • Lenovo™ Miix 720 
  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad®
    X1 Tablet 

  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad®
    X1 Yoga™ 
  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad®
    10 (2nd Gen) 
  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad®
    Yoga 260 

Step 1: Prepare your stylus

Twist and open the top end of your Bamboo Ink to unlock it. Insert the battery as indicated, then close and twist the top end to lock it.

Step 2: Pair your stylus with your device

On your Windows 10 desktop, click on Start, select Settings, go to Devices, choose Bluetooth, and turn it on.

Now take your Bamboo Ink, hold down the top button for about six seconds – until the LED starts to flash.

Choose Bamboo Ink from the list of discovered devices and select Pair.

Step 3: Open Windows Ink Workspace and apps

Press the top button once to quickly launch Windows Ink Workspace.

Double-click the top button to open screen sketch.

Press and hold the top button to open Sticky Notes.

Change the default settings at your convenience. Go to Start, select Settings, and then go to Devices and customize what your Bamboo Ink does in Pen & Windows Ink.

Step 4: Choose the right protocol:
MPP or Wacom AES protocol

Your Bamboo Ink needs to be set to the right protocol for your device. Bamboo Ink is preset for the Wacom AES protocol. Switch between Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP) and Wacom Active Electrostatic (AES) devices as you please.

Press and hold both side buttons at the same time for two seconds to switch between protocols (one blink means the pen is in Wacom AES mode and two blinks means MPP mode) or to fix pairing and connectivity issues between stylus and device. Repeat to return to the previous setting. Don’t worry about pen compatibility and support.

Here's a list of tested devices

Step 5: Exchange nibs for your favorite on-screen feel

Bamboo Ink comes with a nib kit that contains three different exchangeable nibs to choose from.

To exchange the current nib, stick it into the small hole in the built-in nib remover of the nib kit. Tilt the stylus and remove the nib.

Slide to open the nib kit and choose from left to right: firm (black), medium (gray) or soft (black).

Press up gently to install the nib of your choice. Make sure the nib is resting properly.

Step 6: Check out pen-optimized apps


Windows Ink

Sticky Notes, sketchpad, screen sketch: The Windows Ink Workspace comes with three pre-installed apps that help you set your ideas in motion with your Bamboo Ink.


Bamboo Paper

Bamboo Paper turns your device into a paper notebook. Capture your thoughts and ideas, notes, sketches and drawings as straightforward and easy as in a real paper notebook.

Learn more about Bamboo Paper ::before ::after


Visit the Wacom Store

Nib kit for Bamboo Ink

Nib kit for Bamboo Ink, including 3 different nib types – soft, medium and firm – for a personalized, authentic on-screen feel to choose for your individual writing style.


Bamboo Ink is a smart stylus optimized for Windows Ink Workspace within the Anniversary update to Windows 10 for natural writing and sketching with pen and paper on your compatible devices.
This Bamboo Ink is designed for users who want a more authentic pen experience on their device. It features a real pen-like feel with excellent balance and ergonomic triangular design so it’s comfortable to use. Bamboo Ink lets you take notes, capture ideas, sketch and scribble instantly on your Windows device. It gives you direct access to the apps you want to use and a convenient short cut to the Windows Ink Workspace where you can directly work with your favorite ink app.
For more information and a list of compatible devices, please visit our compatibility page:
With the Bamboo Ink, your lines, letters and characters look the way you intend because the stylus senses the slightest movement of the pen tip (position, speed, direction) and change of applied pressure. It features advanced, active technology that communicates with the sensors on compatible tablets and PCs to detect precise movements of your stylus.
The Bamboo Ink works on Windows devices with Wacom Active Electrostatic technology (AES) and/or Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP). In general, the integration of the Bamboo Ink will vary slightly depending on your hardware configuration and system software installed. For this reason, we only include devices which have been tested on the list of compatible equipment, which is updated on a regular basis.

For more information and a list of compatible devices, please visit our compatibility page:
No. Bamboo Ink is not compatible with Apple products. Please visit to learn which Wacom Bamboo product is compatible with your device.
No. The device where you want to use your Bamboo Ink must be fitted from factory with Wacom AES technology or Microsoft pen protocol.
No. Bamboo Ink was specifically designed for devices which has Wacom AES technology or Microsoft pen protocol and is not compatible with other Wacom products such as the Intuos, Intuos Pro, Cintiq or Bamboo Pad.  
Bamboo Ink works with all compatible pen-enabled devices that feature Wacom AES technology or Microsoft Pen Protocol without any further installation required on basic usage. However, and only for devices using Wacom AES technology, for advanced settings like pressure sensitivity in some programs, or if there is cursor offset, you can calibrate by installing Wacom’s Tablet PC driver.  Note that this driver is not compatible with Microsoft Pen Protocol devices.

For more information, please visit our driver page:
If you have any questions, please contact support from here:
Bamboo Ink must connect to your Windows devices to enable top button for direct access to the apps you want to use and a convenient short cut to the Windows Ink Workspace.
From the Windows Start menu, select Settings> Devices > Bluetooth® and make sure Bluetooth® is “On“. Hold the top button for 6 seconds then the Blue LED will start blinking. From the list of devices, select “Bamboo Ink“ and click on “Pair“. Your pen is paired and ready to be used.

Note: For the top button to properly work when pairing, your Bamboo Ink must be out of the proximity range of the tablet in use (at least 5 cm/ 2 inches away)
The Bamboo Ink is a high-precision stylus that continuously detects and transmits the pressure you apply on the surface of your Windows devices. The number of pressure levels depends on your hardware and how the Bamboo Ink sensors and the system software are implemented. Pressure levels can range depending on the device and app used. The devices can support up to 4096 pressure levels. Check your device’s user guide to find out how many pressure levels your product supports.
The Bamboo Ink has two side buttons on the body of the stylus that will change your compatibility setting mode. By pressing and holding both side buttons at same time for 2 seconds you can change the compatibility mode of your pen. In the process of changing this setting, the Blue LED underneath the side buttons will blink.  A single LED blink stand for Wacom AES mode and two blinks changes to Microsoft Pen Protocol. The out of the box setting is set to Wacom AES.
Also side buttons can be used as right click, but default settings may differ depending on your device, please check your device settings.

Note: For the side switches to work properly, know that the pen must be inside of proximity with your tablet. You should be able to tell that you are in proximity by seeing a little circle when you hover the pen over the screen.

Press and hold both side buttons at same time for 2 seconds to change the setting. Blue LED underneath blinks once means Wacom AES and twice means Microsoft Pen Protocol, Initial setting is Wacom AES.

To enable this function, you need to pair Bamboo Ink to your device via Bluetooth®. After paring to your device, clicking the button gives you direct access to the apps you want to use and a convenient short cut to the Windows Ink Workspace. You can customize the button from “Windows start menu> Setting > Devices> Pen & Windows Ink”. As a default setting, single click to open Windows Ink Workspace, double click allows you to open Screen Sketch and click and hold to open Sticky Notes

Note: For the top button to properly work when pairing, your Bamboo Ink must be out of the proximity range of the tablet in use (at least at least 5 cm/ 2 inches away)


To give you the most authentic feel while writing and sketching on screens, you can choose between three kinds of pen nibs which can easily be exchanged per your preference.
You can differentiate in nib kit from right to left soft, medium and firm. You can also differentiate by colors. The black nibs are soft and firm and the gray nib is medium. You have soft nib attached to your Bamboo Ink.
The best thing to do is to try all the soft, medium and firm nib in your Bamboo Ink to see which one is most comfortable for you.
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