How to Disable Touchscreen on Windows 11

Touchscreens are helpful in scenarios such as casual browsing. However, you may accidentally brush against your screen or have a pet do it instead. This can be frustrating if you’re in the middle of a task and don’t want to lose your place.

In these cases, it can be helpful to disable the touchscreen. This guide shows you how to disable touchscreen on Windows 11.

Using Device Manager

Device Manager is a tool that lists all the hardware devices installed on your computer and allows you to disable them – including the touch screen. This method only disables touch screen for the current session – it will be re-enabled when you restart your device.

  1. Press the Windows key + X on your keyboard to open the Power User Menu, then click Device Manager.

    Click Device Manager.
    Click Device Manager.
  2. In the Device Manager window, expand the Human Interface Devices category.

    Expand the Human Interface Devices category.
    Expand the Human Interface Devices category.
  3. Right-click on your touchscreen device and select Disable device from the pop-up menu.

    Select Disable device.
    Select Disable device.
  4. Click Yes to confirm and disable the touch screen on your computer.

    Click Yes.
    Click Yes.

Using Windows Terminal

Windows terminal is a command line interface that allows you to interact with your computer using text commands. You can input a command that permanently disables touch screen on your computer.

  1. Press Windows key + X on your keyboard to open the Power User Menu, then click Windows Terminal (Admin).

    Click Windows Terminal (Admin).
    Click Windows Terminal (Admin).
  2. In the Windows Terminal window, enter the following command and press Enter.
    Get-PnpDevice | Where-Object {$_.FriendlyName -like '*touch screen*'} | Disable-PnpDevice -Confirm:$false

    Enter the command.
    Enter the command.
  3. This command will disable the touch screen.

Using the Registry Editor

Another method to permanently disable touch screen on your computer is editing the registry.

  1. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard. Type “regedit” in the Run dialog box, and press Enter.

    Open Regedit.
    Open Regedit.
  2. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Wisp\Touch
  3. Right-click the “Touch” key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

    select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  4. Name the new value “TouchGate” and press Enter.

    Name the new value TouchGate.
    Name the new value TouchGate.
  5. Double-click the new value and set its Value data to 0, then click OK.

    Set the Data value to 0.
    Set the Data value to 0.
  6. Exit the Registry Editor and restart your computer for the changes.

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