If you’ve been wondering how to disable the touchscreen function of your HP laptop this post will cover all the steps and questions you might have. We’ve compiled all the different ways you can turn the touchscreen off with step-by-step instructions and the main differences between the methods, read on to learn more.

Why Disable the Touch Screen of your HP?

If you’re reading this article you probably already have reasons to disable the touch screen function of your laptop. The most common reason people say they want the touchscreen off is that they inadvertently keep pressing on things by mistake. A lot of people are used to using their mouse and keyboard when working on their laptop and they don’t make use of the touchscreen feature very often. Other people can’t stand the smudges and fingerprints that get left on the screen when it’s being used as a touch screen, but there are other more practical reasons to turn off this option.

Something most people don’t realize is that their touchscreen is eating away at their device’s battery. Even though touchscreens will drain your battery even once you have disabled them (compared to a regular non-touchscreen), turning off the touch feature will save you some battery life. Another common complaint people with touchscreens have is they experience “Ghost touch”. Ghost touch is where a computer, cell phone or tablet touch screen appears to react to an invisible finger while actually there is nobody touching the screen. The cursor moves automatically, preventing you from controlling the tablet or laptop. Disabling the touch screen entirely by following any of the guides above should resolve “ghost touch”

How To Disable Touchscreen

There’s a lot of ways to go about this, you can choose the method that best suits you, depending on your level of comfort changing settings in the Bios or using Command Prompt, and whether you intend on disabling the feature permanently or temporarily.

Disable Touchscreen From Start Menu/Screen

  1. Search for the Device Manager by clicking on the search bar in the Start menu.
  2. Click on the Device Manager, it should be the first result.
  3. Expand the “Human Interface Devices”  section by clicking on it.
  4. Locate the “HID-Compliant Touch Screen” option and right-click on it.
  5. Search the list for the “Disable device” option and click it. (If you want to re-enable the touch screen later, you will repeat these steps and click on “Enable device” instead).
  6. You will be alerted by a pop-up that disabling the touch screen will prevent it from working, and asked to confirm your choice. Confirm your selection and your touchscreen will be turned off.

Disable Touchscreen From Bios

  1. To enter the BIOS settings, you will need to power off your computer.
  2. Power your computer on and immediately start pressing the F2 or F10 keys repeatedly while the computer starts to boot. The correct button to press will depend on your HP laptop’s hardware, but it should say which button to press on the screen briefly when the computer is booting up.
  3. Once you are in the BIOS menu, use the keyboard’s arrow keys to select the “Advanced” BIOS tab. You should select either “system properties” or “device options” or “keyboard/mouse features” depending on your laptop model.
  4. Once you find the “touchscreen device” line, highlight the Enable/Disable option.
  5. Press the enter key to choose “disable”
  6. Press the “Escape” key on your keyboard to go back to the root BIOS menu. Go to the “Exit” menu and choose the “Save Changes and Exit” option. The touchscreen should now be disabled.

Disable Touchscreen From HP Utility Application

  1. Click Start, and then Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware & Sound.
  3. Scroll down and click HP Touch Screen Configuration.
  4. From the Global Settings tab, make sure Touch Screen and Touch Screen Sound are selected (Enabled).
  5. Click Save, and then click Close.
  6. Restart the computer.

Disable Touchscreen From Command Prompt

  1. You will want to use Windows PowerShell to turn off your touchscreen.
  2. Click Start and search for “PowerShell” in the search bar.
  3. Right-click on Windows PowerShell on the results and select Run as administrator.
  4. Once PowerShell is open simply run this command:
    Get-PnpDevice | Where-Object {$_.FriendlyName -like ‘*touch screen*’} | Disable-PnpDevice -Confirm:$false
  5. To re-enable the touch screen, you can execute this command instead:

Get-PnpDevice | Where-Object {$_.FriendlyName -like ‘*touch screen*’} | Enable-PnpDevice -Confirm:$false

Disable Touchscreen From Registry Editor

  1. Press and hold or right-click the Start button, then select Run. Enter regedit in the Open: box and select OK.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Wisp\Touch
  3. Create a new DWORD (32 bit) with the name TouchGate
  4. Doubleclick on the newly created DWORD and make sure it has the value 0

(0 = touch disabled, 1 = touch-enabled)

  1. Restart the computer

Disable Touchscreen From Device Manager

  1. Look for and expand the “Human Interface Devices”  section by clicking on it.
  2. Locate the “HID-Compliant Touch Screen” option and right-click on it.
  3. Search the list for the “Disable device” option and click it. (If you want to re-enable the touch screen later, you will repeat these steps and click on “Enable device” instead).
  4. You will be alerted by a pop-up that disabling the touch screen will prevent it from working, and asked to confirm your choice. Confirm your selection and your touchscreen will be turned off.

Whatever your reason for disabling your HP laptop’s touchscreen, this guide should leave you with several viable options to get the job done. And if you ever decide to turn the feature back on, just revisit this article for instructions on how to reverse your choice and get your touchscreen back on.