This publication shows students and new users the steps to disable or turn off touchscreens when using Windows 11. Some notebook computers come with touchscreens that allow users to use and control the computer from the screen. If you are not a fan of touchscreens, the steps below will show you how to disable it in Windows 11

No special button is needed to disable or turn off the touch screen in Windows 11, as it is built directly into the operating system. However, you can turn off or stop the touchscreen functionality simply by disabling the device from the Device administrator in Windows 11.

Whether you’re using Microsoft Surface or another Windows 11 touchscreen computer, the steps below should work.

Once the touch screen is disabled, your touch screen will not turn back on unless you decide to go back to Device Manager and re-enable it to regain touch screen functionality.

To start disabling the touch screen function in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to turn off the touch screen in Windows 11

As mentioned above, there is generally no dedicated button to turn off touchscreens in Windows 11. If you decide to disable the touchscreen functionality of your computer, the easiest way is to disable it in Device administrator.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from the System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

windows 11 startup settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.

The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Systemand select Upon on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 about

In the About Settings panel, under Related Settings, click Device administrator as highlighted below.

windows 11 about device manager

Select a category to see the device names, then right-click (or long-press) the one you want to update.

The touch screen device will pass under the Human interface devices category. Expand the category to search for touchscreen devices.

If you have several HID compliant touch screen items, be sure to disable each of them.

Right-click or long-press the first HID compliant touch screen device, then select Disable device.

You can also click Action in the top menu and select Disable devicme.

Windows 11 disable touch screen device

Do this for anyone else HID compliant touch screen item in that category. If you don’t have a second item, you’re completely fine. Most computers will only have a single HID-compliant touchscreen device in Device Manager.

Restart your computer and your computer’s touch screen should be disabled.


In this tutorial we have seen how to disable the touch screen device in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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