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How To Disable Touch Screen On Windows 10

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Last Updated on July 15, 2024
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Whilst Microsoft has moved away from their awkward teenage years of Windows being a touch screen heavy operating system, it still very much supports and welcomes touch functionality. It’s a handy feature for users on the go and families, but sometimes it’s not needed and can reduce battery consumption by simply disabling it.

For those who don’t need to use a touch screen, it’s surprisingly easy to disable. Like most things, it’s just a case of knowing how. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a handful of quick and easy steps below.

How To Disable Touch Screen On Windows 10

Let’s get into the steps for getting rid of those touch screen controls.

Go To Windows 10 Device Manager

Start by typing ‘Device Manager’ into the Windows 10 search bar (it’s on the taskbar next to the start button) and click on the Device Manager icon to open

Find the ‘Human Interface Devices’ dropdown

Click the little down arrow to the right of this branch to reveal all known devices in this category and look for ‘HID-Complaint Touch Screen’

Disable Device

Right-click to find the ‘Disable Device’ option. Don’t worry, if you decide to use your devices touch screen at a later date just repeat these steps but choose ‘Enable Device’ instead.

Your Windows 10 device will now not respond to touch screen gestures of any kind. Simple, right? We excel at making Windows 10 accessible, why not bookmark us for more Windows 10 tips?

Christian 'Reggie' Waits' is a contributor to PC Guide, having written a wide array of how to and buying guide content.