How to Disable the Touchscreen in Windows 10

Just because it shipped that way doesn't mean you need to keep it

What to Know

  • Enter Device Manager in the Windows Search box > choose Device Manager > Human Interface Devices.
  • Next, select HID-compliant touch screen > Action > Disable Device.
  • Important: Don't disable the touchscreen if it's the only input method for your device.

This article explains how to disable the touchscreen in Windows 10.

Do not disable your touchscreen if it is the only input method for your device. If the keyboard and mouse aren't working on your laptop or 2-in-1 device or if you have a tablet without a keyboard accessory, do not disable the touchscreen. You won't be able to re-enable it without connecting another type of input device.

How to Disable Your Touchscreen in Windows 10

Touchscreens can be disabled in Windows 10 through the Device Manager, which you can access through the Control Panel or directly from the search box on your taskbar.

The device manager is where Windows 10 keeps track of all your devices, and it's also where you can disable or enable any device that's connected to your computer.

  1. Select the search box on your taskbar.

    The search box on Windows 10 desktop
  2. Type Device Manager in the search box.

    Search box in Windows with device manager entry
  3. Select Device Manager in the list of search results.

    Device Manager in search results
  4. Select Human Interface Devices.

    Human Interface Devices item in Device Manager
  5. Select HID-compliant touch screen.

    HID-compliant touch screen item in Device Manager
  6. Select Action in the upper-left corner.

    Action menu in Device Manager
  7. Select Disable Device in the drop-down menu.

    Disable device menu item in Device Manager
  8. Select Yes if this warning displays: Disabling this device will cause it to stop functioning. Do you really want to disable it?

    Yes button in "Disabling this device" dialog in Device Manager
  9. Verify that your touchscreen is disabled.

To turn the touchscreen back on, follow the same steps as above and choose Enable in the Action drop-down menu in the Device Manager window.

Reasons to Turn off a Touchscreen

Touchscreen inputs are the most useful on tablets and 2-in-1 devices. If you find that the touchscreen on your traditional laptop is more of a headache than anything else, disable it.

Another reason to disable a touchscreen is to prevent children from touching the screen when you're trying to watch a video or get some work done. Also, in some cases, screens malfunction and behave as if you're touching them when you aren't.

The procedure for disabling a touchscreen in Windows 10 works the same way on all types of devices, including laptops, desktops, tablets, 2-in-1 devices, and computers from manufacturers such as HP and Dell.

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