How to Turn Off the Touch Screen on Your Laptop (Dell, HP, etc)

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Laptops with touch-enabled displays are extremely user-friendly. Touch input makes navigating easier and optimises your computer for touchscreen-friendly functions and apps.

Touchscreen laptops and 2-in-1 tablet PCs come with a touch screen as standard. But what if you wish to disable the touch screen in favour of other methods of input? Is it possible that your PC’s touch screen is faulty or unstable? You can turn off the touch screen till you figure out what’s wrong.

Turn Off Touch Screen on HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc.

The methods to switch off the touch screen on all Windows-powered devices are the same, regardless of brand name or design. It makes no difference whether your laptop is made by HP, Lenovo, Dell, or Acer. On your smartphone, the methods outlined in this tutorial will work flawlessly.

Device Manager, Windows Registry, and Powershell are three system tools included with the Windows operating system that can be used to disable the touch screen on your laptop. We’ll show you how to use these tools to disable your laptop’s touch screen.

For this tutorial, we utilised an HP and Lenovo laptop. Both devices use the Windows 10 operating system and are touchscreen-enabled.

Turn Off Touch Screen via Device Manager

Device Manager is a Windows system tool that allows you to manage device components. You may turn off your PC’s touch screen by deactivating the driver that powers it.

  1. Press Windows + X or right-click the Start Menu icon and select Device Manager on the Quick Access Menu.
  1. Expand the Human Interface Devices category.
  1. Right-click HID-compliant touch screen and select Disable device.

Alternatively, select the driver and select the black arrow-down icon on the toolbar.

  1. Select Yes on the confirmation prompt to turn off your PC’s touch screen.

If the Human Interface Devices section contains numerous touch screen devices, disable them all and see if your PC’s touch screen turns off.

Select the touch screen driver(s) in Device Manager and tap the green arrow up icon on the toolbar to re-enable the touch screen.

You could also right-click the driver and select Enable device.

If your laptop’s touch screen is the only way to input data, we don’t advocate turning it off. Because you won’t be able to re-enable the touch screen, this is the case. Before turning down your computer’s touch screen, ensure sure you have additional input devices (external keyboard or mouse) on hand.

Turn Off Touch Screen from the Registry Editor

On your computer, the Windows Registry stores important hardware and programme configuration files and data. Create a “kill switch” in the Registry to disable touch input and turn off your PC’s touch screen.

This may appear to be a little complicated, but it’s not. Furthermore, if your PC’s Device Manager isn’t operating properly, this method will come in handy.

We strongly urge that you back up the Registry or establish a System Restore Point before proceeding with the tasks. Any registry file that is deleted or damaged can cause the Windows operating system to become corrupted and some system programmes to become unusable.

  1. Press the Windows key + R to launch the Windows Run dialog box. Alternatively, right-click the Start Menu icon and select Run on the Quick Access menu.
  1. Type regedit in the dialog box and press Enter or select OK.
  1. Paste Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Wisp\Touch in the Registry Editor’s address bar and press Enter.
  1. To create the kill switch, right-click on a blank space in the Touch folder, select New, and select DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  1. Name the new Registry Value TouchGate and press Enter.
  1. Double-click TouchGate, ensure the “Value date” is set to 0, and select OK.
  1. Restart your computer for the change to take effect.

To re-enable your PC’s touch input from the Windows Registry, head to the Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Wisp\Touch folder, double-click TouchGate, set the “Value date” to 1, and select OK.

Restart your computer afterward to restore the touch screen functionality.

Turn Off Touch Screen via Windows Powershell

The Windows Powershell is another powerful system tool you can use to make changes to your computer hardware.

  1. Right-click the Start button or press the Windows key + X and select Windows PowerShell (Admin).

If you can’t find “Windows Powershell (Admin)” in the Quick Access menu, type powershell in the Windows Search bar and select Run as administrator in the search result.

  1. Paste the command below in the Powershell terminal and press Enter.

Get-PnpDevice | Where-Object {$_.FriendlyName -like ‘*touch screen*’} | Disable-PnpDevice -Confirm:$false

PowerShell might display an error (like the one in the image below) when you run the command. Ignore the error message. Our test devices (an HP and Lenovo laptop) no longer detected touch input despite this error message.

To re-enable the touch screen via PowerShell, paste the command below in the terminal and press Enter.

Get-PnpDevice | Where-Object {$_.FriendlyName -like ‘*touch screen*’} | Enable-PnpDevice -Confirm:$false

Another error message may be displayed by PowerShell. Ignore the error and touch the screen of your computer. It should be able to respond to touch input without issue. Rerun the command and restart your computer if necessary.

Disable Touch Screen Input With Ease

On Windows systems, these are the currently accepted techniques for turning off touch screen input. You don’t have to employ all of the techniques; just one will suffice. Make sure to follow the above directions to the letter. Then restart your computer and, if required, backup your files.


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