If you have a desktop PC or a laptop with a touch screen, you might prefer using it exclusively with a mouse and a keyboard. Many users do not want to touch their large screen at all because it leaves fingerprints and smudges on the display. Others do not find using a touch screen comfortable if the display is vertical and at a distance as is the case of a desktop or laptop PC. Well, the good news is you can disable the touch features in software so it becomes a regular display. If you are curious how to disable the touch screen in Windows 10 and Windows 8, read the rest of this article.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 does not provide any option in the Settings app to disable touch screen input. However, it is possible to disable it using Device Manager. You need not make any Registry tweaks or use third party tools. Here are step-by-step instructions:
How to disable touch screen in Windows 10 and Windows 8
- Open the Power User (Win + X) menu: just press Win + X shortcut keys together on the keyboard. I recommend you to look at our tutorial here: Use Win+X menu to manage tasks in Windows 10 faster.
Tip: Here is the ultimate list of all Windows keyboard shortcuts with Win keys.
- Pick Device Manager from the Win + X menu to start it.
- Expand the 'Human Interface Devices' category and look for a device with the words "touch screen" in its name. In most cases, it will be "HID-compliant touch screen":
- Right click the device you located and pick "Disable" from its context menu.
That's it. Your touch screen will be disabled in Windows 10 and Windows 8. To enable it back, just enable the disabled device again from its context menu in Device Manager. The changes will take effect instantly, no reboot is required.