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HP ZBook x2 G4 - Using HP Create Control Panel

This document is for HP ZBook x2 G4 Detachable Workstations.
You can use HP Create Control Panel to create and manage customized settings for your HP Quick Keys and tools, such as a pen or eraser.

Customizing the HP Quick Keys

Customize the HP Quick Keys to perform the functions you use most often.
  1. Using the search box on the taskbar, search for and open HP Create Control Panel.
  2. In the Device section, select the device you are customizing.
    Figure : Selecting the device
    Selecting the device on the Create Control Panel main menu
  3. In the Tool section, select Functions.
  4. In the Application section, select All to customize the settings for all applications, or click the plus sign next to the Application section to choose a single app.
  5. Select the HP Quick Keys tab.
  6. Select the mode you want to customize.
  7. On the drop-down menu for the HP Quick Key you want to customize, select the desired settings.
    See the Button functions section in this document for a list of button function options.
    note:
    If the Mirror left/right buttons checkbox is selected, the HP Quick Keys mirror the side opposite to the Windows pen setting. For example, if the Windows pen setting is for the right hand, the right-side settings mirror to the left side.
    Figure : Drop-down menu for an HP Quick Key
    Drop-down menu and corresponding HP Quick Key

Customizing and calibrating the pen and eraser

Customize settings for pen tip, eraser, side button, and application-specific pen functions. Calibrate the pen to adjust for viewing angle and parallax.
note:
The pen is an optional accessory, sold separately.

Button functions

Customize the functions assigned to tool buttons, HP Quick Keys, pen buttons, and other elements of your tablet.
Button function options might vary.
  • Clicks
    • Click: Simulates a left mouse button click. Make sure at least one button performs this function so youcan always navigate and click.
    • Right click: Simulates a right mouse button click to display a context menu.
    • Middle click: Simulates a middle mouse button click.
    • Double click: Simulates a double-click. For easier double-clicking, use this function instead oftapping twice with the pen tip.
    • 4th click or 5th click: Simulates clicking the mouse four or five times, which some apps use for progressive functions, for example, selecting a letter, then a word, then a phrase, and then a sentence.
  • Keyboard
    • Keystroke: Displays the Define Keystroke dialog box to create keystroke combinations. Type your keystroke combination in the Keys box or choose a combination from the Add Special list. Keystroke combinations can include letters, numbers, function keys, and modifier keys.
      To learn which keystroke shortcuts are supported by a specific app, see the instructions for the app.
    • Modifier: Displays a dialog box that allows you to simulate selecting modifiers such as Shift, Alt, or Ctrl with a mouse button.
      note:
      To simulate performing modifier functions with a key press, use the Key settings.
    • Undo: Sets the button to undo the last action.
    • Redo: Sets the button to redo the last action.
  • Tablet
    • Precision Mode: Use the slider to change the mapping around the current pen tip position. Press the button again to return to normal mapping.
    • Pressure Hold: Locks the pressure at the current pressure level until the button is released. For example, you can paint with pressure sensitivity until you reach the brush size you like. You can then press the button and continue painting with the same size brush until the button is released.
    • Tilt Toggle: Toggles tilt on or off.
    • Screen Rotation Lock: Toggles screen rotation on or off.
  • Navigation
    • Back and Forward: Simulates the Back or Forward commands in browser apps.
    • Pan/Scroll: Allows you to position a document or image within the active pane by pressing a pen button set for Pan/Scroll and then dragging with the pen tip across the tablet active area. Use the Pan/Scroll slider to set a scrolling speed for use in applications that do not support grabber hand (pixel-level) panning.
    • Scroll Up and Down: Scrolls up or down the active app.
    • Zoom: Adjusts the zoom speed.
    • Zoom In and Out: Zooms in or out the active app.
    • Switch Application: Displays the application-switching dialog box with focus on the next open app.
    • Show Desktop: Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop.
    • Windows Key: Simulates pressing the Windows key.
    • Switch Virtual Desktop Right: Switches to the virtual desktop to the right of the current desktop.
    • Switch Virtual Desktop Left: Switches to the virtual desktop to the left of the current desktop.
    • Snap Window Right: Snaps the current window to the right side of the screen.
    • Snap Window Left: Snaps the current window to the left side of the screen.
  • Applications: Opens the selected application.
  • Radial Menus: Displays the selected radial menu.
  • Touch On/Off: Disables touch so you can work in Pen mode only. Press the toggle button again to enable touch.
  • Reference: Displays the interactive Virtual Desktop overlay for the customizable buttons and optional pen. The overlay displays the function set for each button.
  • Application Defined: This button is defined by apps that include built-in tablet support. Only the button number is reported to the app.
  • Disabled: Disables the button function.
  • Default: Resets the button to its default function.

Customizing app settings

Create custom settings for apps.
  1. Using the search box on the taskbar, search for and open HP Create Control Panel.
  2. Select the plus sign next to the Application section.
    The Add Application for Custom Settings dialog box displays.
    Figure : Plus sign next to the Application section
    Plus sign next to the Application section on the HP Create Control Panel main menu
  3. Select an app to create custom settings for, or navigate to and select the executable file of any app installed on your tablet, and then click OK.
    note:
    Your tablet identifies some apps, such as Adobe Photoshop, and automatically sets the HP Quick Keys for common functions. These default settings apply only if you have not created custom HP Quick Key settings for that app.
    note:
    If two apps share the same executable file name, they also share the same customized settings.

Customizing device and tool settings

Customize the settings for devices and tools you connect to your tablet.

Customizing the Radial menu

The Radial menu is an extension of the HP Quick Keys and pen options. The Radial menu displays up to eight function options in a circle format. When an HP Quick Key or pen button is set to Radial menu, you can press the HP Quick Key or pen button, and then select from the menu to perform the desired function.
The Radial menu works for all devices set up using the software.
note:
When the Radial menu displays, click the Pushpin icon to keep the menu open. To open HP Create Control Panel from the Radial menu, click the Settings icon.
Figure : The Radial menu
The Radial menu
  1. Using the search box on the taskbar, search for and open HP Create Control Panel.
  2. In the Tool section, choose to set an HP Quick Key or a pen button to display the Radial menu.
    • HP Quick Key: Select Functions, and then select the HP Quick Keys tab.
    • Pen button: Select ZBook x2 Pen, and then select the Pen tab.
  3. On the drop-down menu for the HP Quick Key or pen button you want to set to display the Radial menu, select Radial Menus, and then select the desired radial menu.
  4. To customize the options on the Radial menu, select Functions in the Tool section, and then select the Radial Menu tab.
  5. To customize the option for a Radial menu section, click the drop-down menu for that section, and then choose the desired settings.
    Figure : Drop-down menu for a Radial menu section
    Drop-down menu for a Radial menu section

Importing expert settings

Some software developers create custom settings files that aredesigned to provide optimum performance when using your tablet with their applications. The import expert settings feature allows you to import customized settings that have been specified in anExtensible Markup Language (XML) file.
Each XML file might include settings for one or more apps. These settings might apply to HP Quick Keys, On-screen controls, pen button, eraser, or other functions.
  1. Back up any existing settings. For more information, go to Backing up and restoring settings in this document.
  2. Using the search box on the taskbar, search for and open HP Create Control Panel.
  3. Select the plus sign next to the Application section.
    The Add Application for Custom Settings dialog box displays.
    Figure : Plus sign next to the Application section
    Plus sign next to the Application section on the HP Create Control Panel main menu
  4. Click Browse, and then navigate to and select the XML file.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to import the expert settings.

Backing up and restoring settings

Use HP Create Control Panel Preferences to save a backup of your current settings or restore saved settings.
  1. Using the search box on the taskbar, search for and open HP Create Control Panel Preferences.
    Figure : HP Create Control Panel Preferences
    HP Create Control Panel Preferences
  2. In the My Preferences section, select Backup to back up current settings or Restore to restore saved settings.
  3. Navigate to the appropriate location in File Explorer.
    • If you selected Backup, navigate to the location where you want to save the backup file, and then click Save.
    • If you selected Restore, navigate to the backup file, select it, and then click Open.

Viewing button mappings

Display the Virtual Desktop to view the current button mappings for the HP Quick Keys and the pen.
  1. Set an HP Quick Key to Reference. See Customizing the HP Quick Keys in this document for more information.
    note:
    Some apps can override and control the HP Quick Key functions.
  2. Press the HP Quick Key you set to Reference to view the button mappings.
    The Virtual Desktop button information window opens.
    • Open HP Quick Key settings: Select the display area for HP Quick Keys on the Virtual Desktop button information window.
    • Open pen settings: Select Pen Properties on the Virtual Desktop button information window.
    • Close the Virtual Desktop button information window: Click an empty area of the window or press the HP Quick Key again.

Updating the HP Create Control Panel software

Update your HP Create Control Panel software regularly using HP Support Assistant.
note:
If you connect your PC to a network, consult the network administrator before installing software updates.
  1. Connect the PC to a power source using the AC adapter.
      caution:
    To avoid damage to the PC or an unsuccessful installation, install updates only when the PC is connected to an external power source using the AC adapter. Do not download or install software when the PC is using battery power, docked in an optional docking device, or connected to an optional power source.
  2. Using the search box on the taskbar, search for and open HP Create Control Panel.
  3. Select About, make note of the current driver version, and then select OK.
    Figure : Selecting About
    Selecting About on the HP Create Control Panel main menu
  4. Using the search box on the taskbar, search for and open HP Support Assistant.
  5. On the My devices tab, select your device, and then select the Updates tab.
  6. Identify the most recent HP Create Control Panel software update and compare it to the software version currently installed on your PC.
  7. If an update is available, select the update, and then click the Download icon.
    Make note of the path to the location where the download is saved. You need this information to install the update.
    During the download and installation, follow these instructions:
    • Do not disconnect the AC adapter or unplug it from the power source.
    • Do not shut down the PC or initiate Sleep mode.
    • Do not insert, remove, connect, or disconnect any devices, cables, or cords.
  8. Check for on-screen installation instructions.
    • If on-screen installation instructions display, follow the on-screen instructions to install the software update.
    • If on-screen installation instructions do not display, continue to the next step.
  9. Using the search box on the taskbar, search for and open File Explorer.
  10. Navigate to the software update folder, using the path you noted during the download.
  11. In the software update folder, double-click the file with the .exe extension, for example filename.exe.
  12. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Troubleshooting the software, buttons, or pen

Use the diagnostic utility to troubleshoot the HP Create Control Panel software, buttons, or pen.
note:
To draw in most graphics apps, the pen tip must be set to Click. For more information, see Customizing the pen in this document.
  1. Using the search box on the taskbar, search for and open HP Create Control Panel.
  2. Select About, and then select Diagnose.
    Figure : Selecting About
    Selecting About on the HP Create Control Panel main menu
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to run the diagnostic utility.

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