How-To

Stop Automatic Tablet Mode on Windows 10

Tablet Mode is one of the more prominent features to use if you have a 2-in-1 convertible PC. It provides an easier touch experience when you disconnect the keyboard from the monitor or tablet portion of the device. The most noticeable change is the Start menu goes full screen. The Taskbar changes and it will show you Windows Store apps, File Explorer, and the Settings app in a more touch-friendly mode, too. But you might not want your device to automatically go into Tablet Mode. Here’s how to control what it does.

This is an example of Tablet Mode on Windows 10.

Stop Automatic Tablet Mode on Windows 10

To get started you need to open the Settings app. Click or tap the Start button and click on Settings from the left panel. Or, for the keyboard warriors out there simply use the Windows Key + I key combo.

When the Settings app opens up select System from the menu.

Settings System

From the System section of the Settings app tap Tablet from the menu in the left panel. Now in the right section click the dropdown menu under “When I use this device as a tablet.”

tablet settings windows 10

There you have three options:

Don’t switch to tablet mode. This will keep your PC in desktop mode when disconnecting the keyboard.

Ask me before switching modes. Pops up a message asking if you want to switch to Tablet Mode when disconnecting the keyboard.

Always switch to tablet mode. This will always switch your device into Tablet Mode when you disconnect the keyboard from the tablet portion.

Select the option that works best for you. In fact, you might want to experiment with until you find the option that works best for you during your workflow. Starting with Windows 10 20H2 October 2020 Update it switches automatically without asking. So if you have updated, making the change to having it always ask you might be one of the first things you change.

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