How to disable touch on display on Windows 10

Touch screen disabled
Touch screen disabled (Image credit: Future)

On Windows 10, the ability to use a touch screen has been around for a long time, and it's quite a useful feature, especially on tablets.

However, if you have a laptop or tablet that includes a touch-enabled display, and it's not a feature you like to use, or touch doesn't work as advertised, you can disable the feature with a few steps from Device Manager. In addition, disabling the touch screen may give you a little extra boost of battery life when you're on the go.

This guide will walk you through the steps to disable the touch capability on a laptop or desktop display.

How to disable touch screen feature on Windows 10

To disable the touch screen on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Expand the "Human Interface Devices" branch.
  4. Right-click the "HID-compliant touch screen" item, and select the Disable device option.

(Image credit: Future)
  1. Click the Yes button.

Once you complete the steps, the screen will no longer respond to touch gestures.

If you change your mind, you can always enable the touch screen again using the same instructions outlined above, but in step 4, make sure to use the Enable device option. In the rare case that touch is still not working, you can try restarting your computer.

We're focusing this guide on disabling the feature, but you can also use these steps to disable and re-enable touch to troubleshoot and fix related problems with the screen.

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Mauro Huculak

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.