How to Disable the Touchscreen in Windows 10

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

Windows 10 is designed to work well on touchscreen devices, and touchscreens are available on a lot of Windows 10 laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1 devices. The touchscreen is capable of functioning as the only input, like on a tablet, or as a secondary input on a laptop, desktop, or 2-in-1 device.

If you want to disable the touchscreen in Windows 10, and your device has another input method available, you can turn off the touchscreen feature through the Windows Device Manager.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

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 pretty 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. There's even the case that some 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, like touchscreen HP laptops and touchscreen Dell laptops.

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 will not be able to re-enable it without connecting some other 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 our guide to finding 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.

    Type here to search box on Windows 10 desktop
  2. Type Device Manager.

    A screenshot showing how to type a search into the Windows 10 search box.
  3. Select Device Manager in the list of search results.

    Device Manager in Start menu on Windows 10
  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
  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 need to 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 checkbox next to Use your finger as an input device.