Touch Screen (Stylus) Overview (Windows Embedded CE 6.0)


Touch Screen (Stylus) functionality in Windows CE 5.0 provides support for stylus input. Many OS designs rely on stylus input rather than mouse input to enhance portability. Applications, however, process stylus events as a click of the left mouse button only, so the Touch Screen (Stylus) Catalog item does not provide as broad a range of pointer capabilities as the Mouse Catalog item. But, a great deal of input functionality, such as the Software-based Input Panel, Handwriting Recognizer Engine (HWX), and Transcriber Handwriting Recognizer Application Catalog items, require the Touch Screen (Stylus) Catalog item.

OS Design Information

The following table shows operating system design information for Touch Screen (Stylus).

Concept Description



Hardware considerations

Requires a touch screen.

Modules and Components

The following table shows the components and modules that implement Touch Screen (Stylus).

Item Module Component

Touch Screen (Stylus)


iconcmn, icon, cursor, cursor8

Touch Screen (Stylus)



Touch Screen (Stylus) Implementation Considerations

You can include Touch Screen (Stylus) functionality by adding the Touch Screen (Stylus) Catalog item to your OS design.

The following table shows the Sysgen variable that enables Touch Screen (Stylus) functionality.

Sysgen variable Description


When this variable is set, the Touch Screen (Stylus) Catalog item is included in the OS design.

When this variable is not set, the Touch Screen (Stylus) Catalog item is excluded from the OS design.

See Also

Other Resources

Touch OS Design Development