How to disable the touchscreen in Windows 10

Dave W. Shanahan

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Sometimes, accidents happen. I dropped my Surface Pro once and cracked the screen. The single line of cracked glass caused the screen to register phantom touches or was prone to generally freak out all of the sudden. The damage was not enough to render my Surface Pro unusable; the keyboard, mouse, and everything else worked as expected. That is, as long as I didn’t touch the screen. Thankfully, I had Microsoft Complete and I was able to exchange the broken Surface for a replacement.

But what do you do when you have a Windows 10 PC with a broken touchscreen and you don’t have the money to replace it? Simple answer: You disable the touch screen. It is a simple process and quite easy to do, just follow these steps.

  1. Right-click the Start menu in Windows 10 and choose Device Manager from the list.
  2. Select Human Interface Devices.
  3. From the dropdown menu, select HID-compliant touch screen.
  4. Right-click HID-compliant touchscreen and choose Disable device.
  5. Confirm your choice in the warning dialog box.

That’s it, you’re done. If you need to re-enable your touch screen in Windows 10 again, just follow the same steps, but choose Enable device in Step #4, instead of Disable device. In case you get lost, here are the screenshots of the steps to disable (or enable) the touchscreen in Windows 10.

Cracking your screen on a touchscreen Windows 10 device may feel like the end of the world, but it doesn’t have to be if you disable the touchscreen in Windows 10. I have a Surface Book 2 and while I enjoy the versatility of the device, I don’t use the touchscreen very often. It is convenient when I do use it and I can’t imagine what I’d do if I cracked the touchscreen. I am glad that Windows 10 gives me options to get the most of my device, regardless of what life throws at it.