Promethean hardware with ActivDriver
There are two different input options in ActivDriver, and they control the way your ActivPanel or ActivBoard pen is recognised by the operating system.
In the system tray, click the ActivDriver icon and open the Control Panel. Select the Pens tab.
When the Tablet option is selected, Windows recognises your pen as a stylus, as if ActivDriver were not installed (see Promethean hardware without ActivDriver). Since Windows is controlling the inputs, you will be able to use both stylus and touch in native Microsoft apps such as PowerPoint. The Tablet option allows you to use extended desktop if stylus and touch inputs are sufficient, and you are not using ActivInspire.
The Mouse option is required when using ActivInspire on Promethean hardware. ActivInspire relies on ActivDriver to convert the pen input into a mouse input for precision when writing, and for premium features such as Handwriting Recognition and Dual User. This enables ActivInspire to differentiate between pen and touch inputs and allows you to assign default tools for each input. None of this is possible if ActivDriver is not installed or has been set to the wrong option.
However, Windows does not allow mouse inputs to be configured for more than one screen, which is problematic. When the desktop is extended, it simply gets wider, and Windows treats your laptop and Promethean hardware as a single screen.
In simple terms, with this setup you would be trying to interact with the whole desktop using an area that only displays part of it. Often, this results in inaccurate calibration when using a pen to interact with the display.
ActivInspire does not support a Windows stylus input, and instead uses ActivDriver to convert your pen input to a mouse input. Since Windows does not allow mouse inputs to be configured for more than one screen, ActivInspire is not supported in extended desktop. In addition, the camera, screen recorder and tickertape, amongst other tools, will only work interactively when ActivInspire is running on the primary display. ActivInspire is fully supported when the display mode is set to Duplicate or Second screen only.