How to Disable the Touchscreen in Windows 11

If you don’t use the touchscreen on your laptop or convertible PC, you can safely disable it in Windows 11 or re-enable it quickly afterward. Here’s how.

The laptop market isn’t the same as it used to be. With laptops containing touchscreens becoming more and more common, you may find yourself touching the screen to perform actions, rather than using your touchpad.

Unfortunately, touchscreens on laptops aren’t perfect. They soon start to collect nasty fingerprints, smudges, and other forms of dirt. You may prefer to keep your hands off your screen—if that’s the case, you’ll be better off disabling your touchscreen entirely.

If you prefer to use a mouse or touchpad, you can disable the touchscreen on a Windows 11 PC using the Device Manager or by using the command line.

How to Disable a Touchscreen With Device Manager in Windows 11

To disable the touchscreen in Windows 11 using Device Manager, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start button or press the Windows key to open the Start menu.
  2. In the Start menu, type device manager, then select the Best match result.

device manager Start

  1. When Device Manager window opens, expand the Human Interface Devices section.

human interface device Device Manager Windows 11

  1. Next, find HID-compliant touch screen from the list.
  2. Right-click and select Disable device from the pop-up menu.

disable touchscreen windows 11

  1. When the verification dialogue box comes up, click the Yes button.

verify Yes dialog box

At this point, your touchscreen is disabled—no restart is required.

How to Enable a Touchscreen With Device Manager in Windows 11

If you want to re-enable the touchscreen on a Windows 11 PC in the future, follow these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager from the Start menu.

device manager Start

  1. In Device Manager, open the Human Interface Devices tree.
  2. Scroll down and right-click HID-compliant touch screen.
  3. Select Enable device from the menu.

Enable Touchscreen Device Manager

You should be able to resume using your touchscreen at this point. If you can’t, restart your PC to ensure any underlying changes have taken effect.

How to Disable a Touchscreen Using Windows Terminal in Windows 11

You can also use the new Windows Terminal app to disable or enable the touchscreen in Windows 11. You can also use Windows PowerShell for this, but you won’t be able to use the much older Command Line tool.

To do this:

  1. First, right-click the Start button or use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + X.
  2. From the pop-up, select Windows Terminal (Admin).

Windows Terminal Admin

  1. When the terminal opens, run the following command:
Get-PnpDevice | Where-Object {$_.FriendlyName -like '*touch screen*'} | Disable-PnpDevice -Confirm:$false

Run disable touchscreen Windows Terminal admin

After running the above command, the touchscreen will be disabled. No restart is required.

How to Enable a Windows 11 Touchscreen Using Windows Terminal

If you disable the touchscreen using Windows Terminal, you might want to turn it back on later. Of course, you can always go into Device Manager to reenable it or use the Terminal app to restore functionality.

To enable a touchscreen in Windows 11 using the Windows Terminal app:

  1. Hit Windows key + X on the keyboard and select Windows Terminal (Admin) from the menu.
  2. When the terminal opens, run the following command:
Get-PnpDevice | Where-Object {$_.FriendlyName -like '*touch screen*'} | Enable-PnpDevice -Confirm:$false

Run enable touchscreen terminal

Windows 11 Input Devices

The steps above should help you to quickly enable or disable a touchscreen in Windows 11. If you’re having trouble enabling your touchscreen, don’t forget to quickly restart your PC and check for new updates.

If you rarely use the touchscreen, you can disable it safely, but it will leave you reliant on your keyboard and mouse. If these stop working, you may need to fix a Windows 11 keyboard using some common troubleshooting steps.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


To Top