Yesterday I posted about entering text with the Tablet Input Panel. Once you have mastered text entry with the TIPI recommend you look of some of the options you can tweak to change the way the TIP works. The TIP is actually quite flexible and you can adjust it to suit how you work.
To get started click on the Tools drop down in the TIP's menu bar and select Options, as shown below.
This will bring up the options dialog, which will be similar to the one shown sow. I'm gathering screenshots on Vista. for the most port the options available on XP are the same, but there may be some that are missing in XP Tablet Edition.
One of the important things to note we is the Restore button in the Restore default settings area. Don't be afraid to experiment as you can always get back to the original settings.
On the Settings tab you can tweak where the TIP icon appears. you can also change the insert buttons behavior so that hovering the point over the insert button will insert the current text (without tapping the button). I find this a great time saver but I do know other people who find it annoying.
The AutoComplete function is only available in Vista. It is on by default and I, personally, would leave it that way. I posted about autocomplete a while ago in this post.
On the Opening tab you can control how you launch the TIP.
Similar to tweaking the insert buttons you configure the tip to launch when you point at the TIP tab or the TIP icon.
On machines with lower end graphics you might want to consider clearing the checkbox that says Show the Input Panel sliding open from the tab.
Also, if you find the TIP tab gets in the way of what you are working on then you can clear the Show the Input Panel tab when the per is out of range checkbox.
Lastly on the Writing Pad and Character Pad tabs I like reducing the thickness of the ink to Extra Fine Point, which gives me more room when writing in the TIP.
There are more settings there that I have not covered. Experiment to find the settings that work best for you.