How to Disable Write with Fingertip in Windows 10

Pen Gesture Handwriting Icon

As you may already know, Windows 10 includes a special mode for the touch keyboard, which turns it into a handwriting panel. In addition to a pen or stylus, you can use your fingertip for inputting text. In you are not happy with this feature, you can disable it. Let's see how to disable writing with fingertip in Windows 10.

Windows 10 includes a touch keyboard for all computers and tablets with a touch screen. The touch keyboard appears when you touch any text field on your tablet.

There are a number of layouts predefined for the touch keyboard in Windows 10. Besides the default look, you can switch between One-handed, Handwriting, and Full keyboard layouts. See the article How to Change Touch Keyboard Layout in Windows 10

The handwriting panel is very useful when your device comes with a pen or stylus. You can scribble text on the device screen with your pen and the handwriting panel will recognize this and convert it into typed editable text. So you can take notes naturally as if writing on paper and the system does the job of making all the text digitized. The pen is not the only option for scribbling text.

You can use your finger to do the same. If you are not happy with this feature, you can quickly disable it. This might help you prevent accidental input when you touch the handwriting panel. Let's see how it can be done.

To disable write with Fingertip in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Devices -> Pen & Windows Ink.
  3. On the right, disable the option Write with your fingertip in the handwriting panel.

You are done.

If you need to change this option with a Registry tweak, this is also possible. Follow the instructions below.

Disable Write with Fingertip with a Registry tweak

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

  3. On the right, change or create a new 32-bit DWORD value EnableInkingWithTouch and set it to 0.
  4. Sign out and sign in again to your user account.

Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.

A value data of 1 will re-enable the feature.

You can download the following ready-to-use Registry files.

Download Registry Files

They will allow you to set the desired value data with one click.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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