2 Ways To Turn Off Touch screen In Windows 10

A lot of laptops come with a touch screen display with Windows 10. This gives the best of both worlds as you can use both the touch screen like in a tablet and a keyboard/mouse on a laptop.

While there are certain advantages of a touch-enabled display, there are times when you would like to simply turn off touch screen in Windows 10. Some scenarios include the following:

  • You have damaged the laptop LCD and the touch screen is actually interfering in your work.
  • You want to boost the battery life of your system.
  • It’s a good idea to disable touch screen in Windows 10 while you are presenting something and may end up messing up your presentation by touching on the wrong slide.
  • The computer is having a ghost touch or phantom touch problems.

A ghost touch or phantom touch is an event when the touch screen reacts as if it has been touched by an invisible finger or stylus. This can be caused by a hardware issue or even a dirty screen.

There are two ways to disable the touch screen in Windows 10. We will discuss both of them here:

Turn off touch screen in Windows 10 using Device Manager

To turn off the touch screen immediately but temporarily, you can disable the touch screen device from the Device Manager. Here are the steps involved:

  1. Open the Device Manager (Windows key + X + M)
  2. Expand Human Interface Devices
  3. Right-click HID-compliant touch screen
  4. Select Disable
    Disable HID compliant touch screen from Device Manager

To enable the touch screen again:

  1. Open the Device Manager (Windows key + X + M)
  2. Expand Human Interface Devices
  3. Right-click HID-compliant touch screen
  4. Select Enable.

Many people complain that this method only works temporarily and the touch screen is enabled again when they restart the system. If you want to permanently disable the touch screen, please follow the next method.

Permanently Disable touch screen in Windows 10 using Windows Registry

If you want to permanently disable touch screen in Windows 10, you should follow the steps below:

  1. Open Windows Registry Editor (Run –> regedit)
  2. Go to the following registry key:
    Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Wisp\Touch
  3. In the right-hand pane, create a new DWORD 32-bit entry with the name TouchGate.
  4. Make sure the value of this entry is 0.
    Turn off touch screen in Windows 10 permanently using Windows Registry
  5. Restart the system.

The touch screen will stop working after restart. If you want to enable the touch screen again, change the TouchGate value from 0 to 1 or simply delete the TouchGate entry.

If you are using Microsoft Surface laptop and your touch screen is not working, you can follow this guide from Microsoft to troubleshoot your touch screen issues.

Does this article help you in disabling the touch screen of your device? If yes then which method did you use? What are your overall experiences with Windows 10 touch screen or tablet mode?

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