Setting up portrait orientation on Wacom One / Intuos / Bamboo

This post is about modifying configuration files for Wacom drivers to have a Wacom One tablet function in portrait orientation despite the option not being exposed in configuration UI.

Update: apparently the same applies to Intuos and Bamboo product lines, likely for the entire "generation" of tablets using the same drivers.

Update 2: for One/Intuous, the newer version of driver (6.x) has these options exposed in UI.

By default, "Wacom Preferences" application for the product line only offers two landscape modes:

However, that is easily enough fixed. Driver also includes "Wacom Preference File Utility". It's a simple program that allows you to import/export your entire configuration as one big XML file:

So the discovery process is:

  • Export (Backup) the configuration to a file.
  • Change the orientation in Wacom Preferences.
  • Export the configuration again, to a different file.
  • Compare the changes between the two files.

For comparing changes, you would either use one of the common tools (searching "text diff online" brings up a number of browser-based ones), or something more specialized (BeyondCompare is my personal favorite).

For Wacom One configuration, altering the orientation setting changes a "LeftHandedMouse" setting at the start, a bunch of coordinates across the profile configuration, but, most importantly, this snippet:

        </MappingGroupArray>
        <Orientation type="integer">1</Orientation>
        <PenScroller type="map">
          <PenScrollerScale type="double">1</PenScrollerScale>
        </PenScroller>
      </ContextManager>

"Orientation" node' value changes from 1 to 3, which is a hint.

So, to change orientation to portrait, you open the exported tabletprefs file in any half-decent text/code editor (e.g. Notepad++ on Windows, or default text editor on OSX), search (Ctrl+F\Cmd+F) for <Orientation, and change the number on that line to 0 (LED area on the top) or 2 (LED area on the bottom):

Then you save the file and import (Restore) it via Wacom Preference File Utility.

Upon re-opening Wacom Preferences, the orientation on first tab will appear to be undefined,

but the rest of UI will display the new orientation accordingly:


(ideally you'd probably want to use vertical orientation with a vertical display though)

And that's it. To revert back to a landscape orientation, you can use the switch in Wacom Preferences; to switch between portrait orientations you would repeat the export-edit-import routine explained above.

Have fun!

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6 thoughts on “Setting up portrait orientation on Wacom One / Intuos / Bamboo

  1. Just picked up a Wacome One Small, and used this trick to make it work – thanks !

    Important note: you can’t edit Wacom_Tablet.dat directly, you need to export and restore, exactly as per instructions above.

    Details for google: One by Wacom Small, Aldi, left handed, invert, orientation

  2. You sir are awesome! Thank you for a detailed guide. Can’t belive it’s not right there in the UI.

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