How to Disable the Touch Screen in Windows 10

Touch screen functionality has steadily been integrated into more laptops and definitely in Windows 10 tablets. Desktops are also capable of touch interactions, as long as you have a touch screen monitor. Microsoft designed Windows 8 more specifically for touch screen devices. However, the mouse is still very prevalent, and it could be here to stay in the foreseeable future since touch screen laptops and desktops don’t seem to have really caught on. This article shows how you can disable or switch off the touch screen in Windows 10.

  1. Press “Win key + X” or right-click the Windows 10 Start Menu icon, and then select “Device Manager.”
  2. Double-click “Human Interface Devices” to bring up the list of devices. You can also single-click the icon on the left to open the category.
  3. Look for the touch screen device entry.
  4. Right-click the HID-compliant touch screen item to open its context menu. Select “Disable.” A window then opens requesting confirmation to disable it. Press the Yes button to switch off the touch screen.

After completing the steps above, your touch screen should be inoperable, allowing you to use your mouse and keyboard without any accidental touch responses from your screen.

If you ever need it back on, go back into the Device Manager and right-click HID-compliant touch screen. This time, select “Enable from the context menu to restore your Windows 10 touch screen feature. Note that you’ll also need to restart Windows 10 to activate the touch screen again.

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