How can I use the WaveAnalyzer GUI on a Windows 10 touchscreen tablet?

The WaveAnalyzer GUI was designed to run as a desktop application but will work on a Windows 10 touchscreen tablet. There are some settings that need to be modified in order for the interface to be more easily used with finger controls.

Firstly change the scaling factor in the Display settings up to the maximum. This will vary according to the tablet but a value of 175% works well. This will scale the menus items, icons and drop-down so that you can interact more comfortably with the interface.

If you have a Windows Surface Tablet with Stylus, there is no need to change the scaling factor. The stylus point is small enough to interact with the interface.

Secondly, ensure that you are working with Tablet Mode Off. This will ensure that pop-up windows, such as the OSNR analysis, will appear in front of the main interface and will work as designed on a desktop computer.

Note that when working with Tablet Mode On, the pop-up windows become extra screens that you can switch to by swiping in from the left side of the screen. They are awkward to control however and the Tablet Mode Off is recommended.

Finally, it’s easier to zoom in on a trace by using the Magnify icon located on the top ribbon. With one finger, drag from the top left to the bottom right to define a region of the trace to magnify. To zoom out, drag your finger from the bottom right to the top left to rest the graph.

Two finger pinch and zoom will work on the graphical interface but the control is overly sensitive and likely to over magnify the trace. It’s recommended to use the Magnify icon.


TABLET MODE OFF – application icons are across the bottom of the screen.

TABLET MODE ON – no icons, swipe from the left of the screen to swap between applications.