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

  • Open Device Manager and open the Human Interface Devices menu. Select HID-compliant touch screen > Action > Disable Device.
  • In Windows 7, open Control Panel and select Pen and Touch > Touch and uncheck Use your finger as an input 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 on a Windows device. Instructions apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

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 or Windows 8

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.

The following instructions work for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 in addition to Windows 10. To disable the touchscreen in Windows 7, use the Pen and Touch menu in the Control Panel. If you aren't sure if you have Windows 10 or Windows 7, check out how to find out what version of Windows you have.

Here's how you can disable a touchscreen in Windows 10:

  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 the arrow next to 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 at the top of the window.

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

    Disable device menu item in Device Manager
  8. If you see a pop-up warning that says Disabling this device will cause it to stop functioning. Do you really want to disable it?, select Yes.

    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.

How to Disable a Touchscreen in Windows 7

Disabling a touchscreen in Windows 7 works differently from newer versions of Windows. Instead of disabling the touchscreen in the Device Manager, you disable a specific option in the Pen and Touch menu. This menu can be accessed from the Control Panel.

Here's how to disable a touchscreen in Windows 7:

  1. From the Windows desktop, click the Start button.

  2. Click Control Panel.

  3. Click Pen and Touch.

  4. Select the Touch tab.

  5. Uncheck the box next to Use your finger as an input device.

  6. Verify that your touchscreen is disabled.

To turn the touchscreen back on, follow the same steps as above and select the check box next to Use your finger as an input device.

Reasons to Turn off a Touchscreen on Windows 10

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, disabling it is easy.

Other reasons to disable a touchscreen include children who can't stop reaching for the screen when you're trying to watch a video or get some work done. 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 specific manufacturers, such as touchscreen HP laptops and touchscreen Dell laptops.

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