Getting started with your Bamboo Ink

Here’s an easy step-by-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).

Step 1: Check your Windows device

To check if your Windows device is compatible with Bamboo Ink, see the list of tested devices on this page.

Some devices require a driver update. To check if your device is one of these, see the below list. If your device is not listed, please continue with step 2. If your device is on this list please click here to download the driver “Bamboo Ink stylus” to your device. Save it on your device, then double click the file to install the driver. Please follow the instructions on screen.

  • Dell™ Venue 10 Pro™
    5000 Series (5055) 
  • Fujitsu LIFEBOOK® P727 
  • Fujitsu LIFEBOOK® T937 
  • HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2
  • HP Elite x2 1012 G1 
  • HP Elite x2 1012 G2

  • HP ENVY 8 Note Tablet 
  • HP Pro x2 612 G2
  • Lenovo™ Miix 510 
  • Lenovo™ Miix 720 
  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad®
    10 (2nd Gen)

  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad®
    X1 Tablet
  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad®
    X1 Yoga™
  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad®
    Yoga 260 
  • Toshiba dynaPad N72

Step 2: Install the battery

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

Step 3: Choose the right compatibility mode

Your Bamboo Ink supports two compatibility modes. The mode needs to match the mode of your Windows device. If the stylus does not work on your device, you can easily switch the mode.

Press and hold both side buttons at the same time for two seconds to switch between modes. Repeat to return to the previous mode.

Step 4: 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 5: 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.

Now your Bamboo Ink is ready for use. You may also adjust it to your needs:

Choose the right nib 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.

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

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