This post shows students and new users steps to disable or turn off touch screens when using Windows 11. Some laptops come with touch screens that allow users to use and control the computer from the screen. If you’re not a fan of touch screens, then the steps below will show you how to disable it on Windows 11
There’s no special button needed to disable or turn off touchscreen on Windows 11, as it is built directly into the operating system. However, you can turn off or stop the touchscreen functionality on your computer by disabling the device from the Device Manager in Windows 11.
Whether you’re using Microsoft Surface or another Windows 11 computer with a touchscreen, the steps below should work.
Once the touch screen is disabled, your touchscreen will not turn back on unless you decide to go back into the Device Manager and re-enable to bring back the touchscreen functionality.
To get started with disabling the touchscreen functionality on Windows 11, follow the steps below.
How to turn off touchscreen on Windows 11
As mentioned above, there’s usually not a dedicated button to turn off touchscreens on computers running Windows 11. If you decide to disable your computer touchscreen functionality, the easiest way is to disable it in Device Manager.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, and select About on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.
On the About settings pane, under Related settings, click Device Manager as highlighted below.
In the Device Manager, select a category to see names of devices, then right-click (or press and hold) the one you’d like to disable. The touchscreen device(s) will by under the Human Interface Devices category. Expand the category to find the touchscreen device(s).
If you have multiple HID-compliant touch screen items, make sure to disable each one of them. Right-click or hold down the first HID-compliant touch screen device, then select Disable device.
You can also click Action from the top menu and select Disable device.
Do this for any other HID-compliant touch screen item in that category. If you don’t have a second item, that’s completely fine. Most computers will only have a single HID-compliant touch screen device in the Device Manager.
Restart your computer and your computer touchscreen should be disabled.
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