A lot of laptops including HP, Acer, Dell, Surface, Lenovo, tablets, and 2-in-1 devices come with a touch screen display with Windows 10. However, a touch screen is a great addition you can use both the touch screen like in a tablet and a keyboard/mouse on a laptop. So, in this guide, you will 3 different ways to turn off touch screen in Windows 10 devices.
However, Windows 10 works well on the touch screen, and a lot of Windows 10 laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1 devices are designed to have touch-screens. The touchscreen can act as the only input, as on a tablet, or as a secondary input on a laptop, desktop, or 2-in-1 device.
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Reasons To Turn Off Touch Screen in Windows 10 Devices
As I said earlier many laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1 devices are equipped with touch screens. Sometimes, people don’t like to use the built-in touch screen on Windows 10 devices specifically laptops while on 2-in-1 devices and tablets it’s common to use the touch screen.
Although a touch-enabled display provides certain advantages, sometimes you just want to turn off a touch-display in Windows 10. Here are the reasons:
- Kids who can not stop reaching the screen when you’re trying to watch a video or do some work.
- The laptop LCD has been damaged, and the touch screen actually interferes with your work.
- You want your system’s battery life boosted.
- To prevent accidental touches while presenting a presentation.
How To Disable Touch Screen in Windows 10 Devices
These days, laptops with touch screen capabilities are very popular but not everyone considers them useful or appropriate, so some people prefer to disable the touch screen of their laptop.
Precautions: if touch screen is the only input method for your laptops and 2-in-1 devices then do not disable it. Because you will not be able to deactivate it without connecting some other type of input device.
Method #1. Disable Touch Screen in Windows 10 Devices via Device Manager
The most common way to deactivate touchscreen is using Device Manager. For Windows 10, touchscreens can be disabled via the System Manager, which can be reached from the Control Panel or directly from the search box on the taskbar.
Step 1. Right-click on the Start menu button and select Device Manager from the list.
Step 2. Find Human Interface Devices and double-click on it to expand or simply click the arrow next to it.
Step 3. Find the HID-Compliant Touch Screen option and right-click on it and from the list select Disable device.
Step 4. After that a pop-up window appears saying that ” Disabling this device will cause it to stop functioning. Do you really want to disable it?” click Yes. Your touch screen will then be disabled.
To enable it again: follow the above-mentioned steps but on step No. 3 make sure to select Enable device option.
Method #2. Permanently Disable Touch Screen via Services
Many people say using Device Manager to turn off the touch screen in Windows 10 only works momentarily, and when they restart the device, the touch screen is activated again. If you want to disable the touch screen permanently, then please follow this method.
Step 1. Click the Start menu button, type services, and click to open it.
Step 2. Now, search for Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service, and after that double-click on it.
Step 3. Select Disabled from the drop-down menu next to the Startup type.
Step 4. In the Service status menu click Stop, when stopped, click Apply and OK.
To enable it again go to Services > double-click Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service > Select Manual/Automatic from the drop-down menu next to Startup type > click Apply, Start, and OK.
Method #3. Permanently Disable Touch Screen in Windows via Registry Editor
Step 1. Press Windows + R to open Run. Type regedit and click OK.
Step 2. Go to the following registry:
Step 3. In the right-hand pane, create a new DWORD 32-bit entry with the name TouchGate.
Step 4. Make sure the value of this entry is 0.
Step 5. Restart your device.
After the restart, the touch-screen will stop working. Adjust the TouchGate value from 0 to 1 or simply delete the TouchGate entry if you want to activate the touchscreen again.
This is how you can turn off the touch screen in Windows devices including HP, Acer, Dell, Lenovo laptops, and also on tablets and 2-in-1 devices. However, if the first method which is disabling touch screen in Windows 10 via Device Manager doesn’t work for or it only works temporarily then you have to follow the other 2 methods which will disable permanently until you enable it back.
Tell me which method works best for you? You can share your thoughts and comments in the comments section below.