How To Disable & Enable Windows 10 Touch Capabilities

If you are using a tablet from the Surface series, it is likely that you have learnt to be heavily reliant on the device’s touch controls. A tablet is almost invariably used as a touch device, as very few people deem it suitable for usage like a proper laptop. With Windows 10, however, the lines between computer and tablet have started to blur. If you think your Windows tablet is good enough to be used as a complete computer, you might want to attach a mouse with it and put it on a docking station. In such a scenario, Windows 10 touch functionalities become nothing more than a hindrance. If you want to disable touch on your tablet or laptop, there is a rather unconventional way of doing so.

Windows 10 touch cannot be disabled completely using any of the default options in the OS. The update considers touch a vital control option for devices, so it makes sense that you can’t disable it on a whim. The method described below relies on some common sense, and might be considered nothing more than a rather sophisticated form of “have you tried turning it on and off again?”

Windows 10 Touch Method - Device Manager

Disabling Windows 10 Touch

  1. Make sure you are logged in as administrator on your device. Guest accounts can’t make changes to device drivers, and the whole method revolves around this.
  2. Simultaneously press X and the Windows key on your keyboard. This will result in the menu shown in the above image.
  3. Choose the Device Manager option.
  4. On the Device Manager screen, you will see all your currently installed drivers. These drivers are further divided into several subsections. Look for the ‘Human Interface Devices’ section and expand it.
  5. Right-click the ‘HID-compliant touch screen’ entry. From the resulting context menu, click ‘Disable’.
  6. You will get a pop-up, from which you need to choose ‘Yes’. If Windows 10 touch isn’t disabled immediately, try restarting your device.

Even if you are perfectly happy with using your device’s touch screen, the above method might still help if you want to re-calibrate the screen’s touch. It might also come in handy in case of recurring touch-related errors.