How to Turn Off Touch Screen Display On Windows 7/8/10

It is a common observation that people find touchscreens more helpful in their smartphones rather than laptops.

You might already know how touchscreen functionality increases mobility in your smart devices, be it laptops or smartphones. This feature is becoming ridiculously common in almost all smart devices.

But sometimes you just don’t want to operate your laptop with the touchscreen turned on!

As we are used to operating a laptop with the touchpad or mouse that we end up messing with the touchscreen-enabled in the laptop.

Especially when you are traveling or having a toddler around you, it makes more sense to turn off the touchscreen on your laptop.

If you are a Windows 7, 8, or 10 users and want to jump past the touchscreen feature temporarily, know that it is super easy.

You don’t have to opt for built-in ways to turn off the touchscreen as all the device settings are in your Windows Device Manager.

In this article, I’ve explained two methods of turning off the touchscreen feature in your laptop which might be a bit different from each other depending upon the window version you’re using.

Quick way of enabling/disabling touch screen? from r/Surface

You might have your reasons for disabling your touchscreen but here I’ve added the probable causes you should know.

Why Do You Need To Turn Off Your Laptop’s Touch Screen?

As touchscreens are more effective in smartphones than laptops but for the majority of the users, touchscreen functionality on laptops might be more of a headache as compared to its usefulness.

There can be plenty of reasons and scenarios that make you want to disable the touchscreen.

For instance, if you are babysitting a toddler and it keeps reaching out to your laptop’s screen.

Such screens attract these little ones. They might mess up your work displaying on the screen.

In many cases, your touch screen acts up on its own. The screen can malfunction without you even touching it.

Apart from all of these reasons, you could be doing unintentional operations using the touchscreen.

Your laptop’s battery life can also become weak with excessive use of the touchscreen. So another understandable reason to turn your touchscreen off is, it doesn’t drain your laptop’s battery.

These can be the reasons why turning off the touch screen makes much more sense than leaving it enabled.

Let’s learn a quick step by step approach to doing so!

How Do You Turn Off Laptop’s Touch Screen?

Laptops with touchscreen options have touchscreen enabled by default which is why you need to change settings to disable it.

It’s all in the Device Manager of your laptop’s Windows.

If you feel much comfortable with a standard touchpad/mouse and keyboard combination, then turning off the touchscreen isn’t that big of a deal.

Keep on following the right method according to your window’s version and you’ll be all good.

Method to Disable Touchscreen On Windows 10 Or 8

Disabling touchscreen is easy and doable if you have Windows version 8 or 10.

The Device Manager keeps track of all your laptop’s features. You can easily access the Device Manager via your taskbar or Control Panel.

Here is the step by step breakdown of you can turn off the touch screen on Windows 8 or 10:

Step #1: Go to your Taskbar.

Step #2: Select the Search Box

Step #3: Place your cursor there in the Search Box and type Device Manager.

Step #4: Results will appear, go to the Device Manager

Step #5: Now click on the arrow lying right next to the Human Interface Devices

Step #6: Locate the HID-compliant touch screen option and click on it.

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Step #7: Click on the Disable Device from the menu.

Step #8: Confirm your settings by clicking on

As soon as you click on the Disable Device, you will be given an alert message that says Disabling this device will cause it to stop functioning. Do you really want to disable it?

Step #9: Click “yes” to confirm.

Step #10: Now exit the taskbar and Device Manager.

Step #11: Now use your touchscreen and verify if the settings have worked or not!

That’s all, it is really that easy to turn off the touch screen in Windows 8 or 10 version. Now those who have less updated Windows versions such as Windows 7, might need to follow different steps.

Method to Disable Touchscreen On Windows 7

Remember how you disabled the touchscreen on Windows versions 8 and 10? In Windows 7, you have it easier and quicker.

Instead of going through lots of settings from Device Manager, you just need to access the Control Panel and you are good to go.

Here are some guiding steps to disable touchscreen on Windows 7 laptop:

Step #1: Select the Start button from Windows Desktop.

Step #2: Now click on the Control Panel.

Step #3: Select the Pen and Touch

Step #4: Now click on the Touch “option”.

Step #5: You will see the box having a tick right next to the Use your finger as an input device “Feature”.

Step #6: Click on the box to uncheck.

Step #7: Now close the Control Panel and check if your touchscreen is disabled.

Method to Permanently Disable the Touchscreen on Windows 10

Sometimes, even after disabling the touch screen, you keep getting it enabled by default. To address this issue, if you are looking to disable the touchscreen PERMANENTLY on your laptop. You can do it using Windows Registry.

Here is how you permanently turn off the touch screen in Windows 10 using Windows Registry:

Step #1: Open and run Windows Registry Editor. (Go to Taskbar and Type “regedit“)

Step #2: Now Click on Registry Editor

Step #3: Locate the registry key saying Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Wisp\Touch.

Step #4: Now have a look at the right-hand side, you will see an entry named “TouchMode_hold”.

Step #5: Here you need to right-click on TouchMode_hold and click on modify.

Step #6: Retain the value of TouchGate’s entry 0. Make sure it doesn’t exceed zero.

Step #7: Now restart the system and verify if the touchscreen got disabled successfully or not.

How To Turn Off Touch Screen On Dell, HP, Lenovo, Chromebook

In short, turning off the touch screen of your laptop has nothing to do with what brand you’re using.

You might have a hardware version such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, or Chromebook, and you still need to follow the ways I’ve already mentioned in this guide.

It is once and for all, your laptop’s software system that is windows, and you can follow the guidelines accordingly for windows 10, 8, or 7.

And in case, you sometimes need to turn the touch screen feature on, you can follow the below method.

Can You Enable The Touchscreen Again? Yes!

In case you want to enable the disabled touchscreen. All you need to do is make the entry value up to 2. The touchscreen will be enabled again.

How Do You Turn the Touchscreen Back On?

After turning off the touchscreen feature, if you ever want to turn it back on. it is quite easy.

Here are some steps to enable back the touchscreen you disabled in your laptop:

Step #1: Go to your Windows taskbar.

Step #2: Type Device Manager in search and open it.

Step #3: Now click the arrow lying beside Human Interface Devices to expand it.

Step #4: Now locate the HID-compliant touch screen and right-click it.

Step #5: A pop-up menu will appear having the Enable Devices


Step #6: Click on the Enable Devices.

In case you don’t see the Enable Devices option in the drop-down menu, it means you haven’t updated your Windows drivers.

There might be any manufacturer’s issue as well.

Either you run Windows Update or download the latest drivers or simply consult a tech specialist for further assistance.

You may also calibrate your touchscreen if it doesn’t work properly.

How Do You Calibrate the Touchscreen?

Calibrating the touchscreen helps to fix the touchscreen functionality issue.

If you are going through issues using the touchscreen properly, simply follow these steps to calibrate the touchscreen feature on your laptop.

Here is how you do it:

Step #1: Open your Windows Control Panel.

Step #2: Now locate the Tablet PC Settings option in the Control Panel.

Step #3: If you are using the category view option, you will find the Tablet PC Settings under Hardware and Sound

Step #4: Click on it.

Step #5: Keep the Table PC Settings Windows open, you will find the option of Calibrate under the Display tab and Display Options

Step #6: Click on the “calibrate” button.

Step #7: You will be given a list of instructions. Now make sure that you follow each instruction carefully.

Step #8: Keep tapping the crosshair icon on each screen is displayed.

Step #9: Now verify to see if your Touchscreen issue has been resolved.

That’s it. This is how you calibrate your touchscreen to run your touchscreen functionality more effectively.


Not everyone finds touchscreen helpful when it comes to using it in laptops. I have listed some quick and straightforward steps to turn it off for Windows 7,8 and 10 users. Hope that you find it useful!

if you still having issues, please refer to the below-provided video tutorial.

If you have got any queries, ask away, I will try to be as responsive as I can.

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