How to Disable Touchscreen in Windows 10 [3 Methods]

Thanks to devices like the Surface Laptop Go and the new Surface Pro 7+, touchscreens are becoming more and more common on Windows devices. However, whether this helps or hurts productivity on laptops with regular form factors remains to be seen. So, if you are looking for a way to disable or disable the touchscreen functionality on your Windows 10 laptop, look no further. In this article, we will show you how to disable (turn off) or permanently enable touchscreen in Windows 10 using Device Manager (devmgmt), PowerShell, Command Prompt (cmd) and Windows Registry (regedit).

Disable Touchscreen on Windows 10 Laptops

This article will show you how to temporarily or permanently disable touchscreen functionality on your Windows 10 laptop, convertible or ultrabook. If you’ve changed your mind and want to give the feature another chance, you can re-enable it by retracing your steps and going through the same settings and configuration options. So without further ado, let’s check out three distinct ways to disable or disable touchscreen functionality on your Windows 10 computer.

Method 1: Using Device Manager

Using Device Manager is the easiest way to turn your Windows 10 device’s touch functionality on or off. You can do this with a few simple clicks without having to use the command line or mess with the Windows Registry.

  • First, right-click the Start button (or press Windows key + X simultaneously) and select ‘Device Manager’ from the pop-up menu.

Observation: You can also access Windows Device Manager from the Command Prompt and Run dialog box. To do this, type ‘devmgmt.msc’ (without quotes) and press Enter. Another way to access Device Manager is through the Control Panel.

  • In the Device Manager window, double-click ‘Human Interface Devices’ to expand it.

Human Interface Devices

  • Now right click on ‘HID Compliant Touchscreen’ and select ‘Disable Device’. Confirm when prompted. Touchscreen functionality will be disabled and you can tap the screen to confirm.

Disable Touchscreen in Windows 10

  • To re-enable the function, simply right-click on the same entry and choose ‘Enable Device’. The feature will be re-enabled and you will not receive a warning this time.

Enable Touchscreen in Windows 10

That’s it! It’s so easy to enable or disable the touchscreen function on Windows 10 laptops using Device Manager.

Method 2: Using PowerShell

Introduced with Windows 8, PowerShell is a command-line shell that allows you to make a number of tweaks and changes to Windows 10, including the ability to enable and disable the touchscreen. You can access it from the same menu as described in method 1.

  • Right-click the Start button (or press Windows key + X simultaneously) and select ‘Windows PowerShell (Admin)’ from the pop-up menu.

PowerShell

  • In the PowerShell window, type the following command: Get-PnpDevice | Where-Object {$_.FriendlyName -like ‘*touch screen*’} | Disable-PnpDevice -Confirm:$false. Now hit Enter.

PowerShell Disable Touchscreen in Windows 10

  • To re-enable the touchscreen function, run the following command in PowerShell: Get-PnpDevice | Where-Object {$_.FriendlyName -like '*touch screen*'} | Enable-PnpDevice -Confirm:$false

PowerShell Enable Touchscreen in Windows 10

Now you know not only how to disable touchscreen function on Windows 10 devices using PowerShell, but also how to enable it using powerful command line tool.

Method 3: Using the Windows Registry (Permanent Method)

Finally, you can also use the good old Windows Registry to enable or disable touchscreen in Windows 10. As of now, this is the only permanent method to disable touchscreen on your Windows 10 PC This is because Microsoft is known to re-enable the feature with every major update if it has been disabled using the other methods.

  • Open the Windows Registry Editor. To do this, search for “regedit” in the Windows Search Bar and click on the first result.

  • Using the left pane of the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following key: ComputerHKEY_Current_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWispTouch

Registry Editor

Observation: The above option will disable (turn off) the touchscreen function for the current user only. To disable the feature for all user accounts on that PC, select “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” rather than “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” as your main folder.

  • Right click anywhere in the open space in the right pane and select ‘New > DWORD (32-bit) Value’ in the right pane and name it TouchGate (without quotes).

TouchGate Registry Editor

Observation: If you chose LOCAL_MACHINE instead of CURRENT_USER in the previous step, you will find an existing ‘TouchGate’ entry. In that case, just go to the next step.

  • The new key (in the case of CURRENT_USER) must have the hexadecimal value “0” by default [Data=0x00000000 (0)]. In the case of LOCAL_MACHINE, double-click the existing key to change the value to 0. In both cases, restart the computer for the change to take effect.

Disable Touchscreen in Windows 10

  • You can re-enable the touchscreen function by changing the hexadecimal value to 1 (0 = touch off, 1 = touch on). Restart for the change to take effect.

Enable Touchscreen in Windows 10

Here it is. Now you know three different ways to disable and enable the touchscreen function on Windows 10 devices.

Easily turn off touchscreen in Windows 10

Touchscreen laptops have been common in the premium segment of the laptop market for some time now, and now more devices of this type are coming to the mid-range segment. However, even if Microsoft seems pretty excited about it, not everyone finds the feature useful. In fact, some people actually believe that this creates unnecessary annoyances on regular laptops and ultrabooks. So if you belong to that group, we hope this guide has been helpful.

In the meantime, if you want to get rid of more such annoyances on your computer, check out our detailed guides on how to disable notifications in Windows 10 and how to remove ads from Windows 10. Also, don’t forget to check out our tutorial on how to easily disable notifications. User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 10 to prevent even more annoying pop-ups and distractions. You can also check out our Windows 10 tips and tricks to get better control of your computer.

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