How to Turn Off Touch Screen on Microsoft Surface

The Microsoft Surface is renowned for its impressive touchscreen capabilities. But, there are times when you may want to turn off this feature. It could be to avoid accidental touches or to use a mouse or keyboard instead. Let’s explore how you can easily disable the touch screen on your Microsoft Surface and improve your user experience.

Access the Device Manager. This lets you manage all your devices connected to your computer. Navigate to the Human Interface Devices section and locate the HID-compliant touch screen device. Right-click it and select “Disable” to turn off the touch screen.

You can also use a keyboard shortcut. By pressing the Windows key + X, a menu will appear. Choose Device Manager. Again, locate the HID-compliant touch screen device and disable it following the same steps.

Let’s take a look at the history of touchscreen technology. It has been around since the 1960s. But it only gained popularity with smartphones and tablets in recent years. Microsoft Surface brought touchscreen tech to a larger scale. It provided users with an innovative way to interact with their devices.

Why would you want to turn off the touch screen on a Microsoft Surface?

Have you ever asked yourself why someone would like to switch off their Microsoft Surface’s touch screen? There are several reasons for this. Some people may wish to use a stylus or mouse for more accuracy. When the touch screen is disabled, they can rely only on these input devices and avoid accidental touches that could disrupt their work.

Also, when presenting or sharing the device with others, turning off the touch screen helps to stop unintended interactions and keeps the designated methods for input.

Additionally, switching off the touch screen conserves battery life. As the touch screen needs energy to operate, turning it off when not needed extends the battery runtime. This is especially useful when no touch input is required for an extended time.

If you need to disable the touch screen on your Microsoft Surface, these tips will help:

  1. Use Device Manager – Open the Device Manager from the Windows Control Panel. Find ‘HID-compliant touch screen’ and right-click it. Select ‘Disable’ to turn off the touch screen.
  2. Modify Power Settings – Open Power & Sleep settings from the Windows Settings menu and click ‘Additional power settings’. Choose your current power plan and ‘Change plan settings’. Then, ‘Change advanced power settings’ and expand ‘Display’. Look for ‘Enable adaptive brightness’ and switch off this setting.
  3. Calibrate Touch Screen – Access the pen & touch settings through Control Panel from the Start menu and select ‘Hardware and Sound’. Under Tablet PC Settings, click ‘Calibrate’ and follow the instructions. This helps to fix any touch screen issues and ensure optimal performance.

By using these steps, you can turn off the touch screen on your Microsoft Surface and enjoy a user experience tailored to your needs.

Step 1: Accessing the Device Settings

To access the device settings on your Microsoft Surface and turn off the touch screen, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the settings menu: Locate and tap on the “Settings” option on your Microsoft Surface device. This will open the settings menu where you can configure various aspects of your device.
  2. Find the “Devices” section: Within the settings menu, scroll down until you find the “Devices” option. Tap on it to access the device settings related to your Microsoft Surface hardware.
  3. Disable the touch screen: In the “Devices” section, you will find a list of available hardware options for your Microsoft Surface. Look for the “Touchpad” or “Touch” option and tap on it. Within this section, you should have the option to disable or turn off the touch screen functionality of your Microsoft Surface device.

After following these steps, you will have successfully accessed the device settings on your Microsoft Surface and disabled the touch screen.

It is worth noting that disabling the touch screen on your Microsoft Surface may be necessary in certain cases, such as when using an external keyboard and mouse setup or when using the device for presentations.

Lost and need directions? Navigate your way to the Device section to turn off touch screen on a Microsoft Surface, because sometimes it’s better to be hands-off.

Navigating to the “Device” section

To access the “Device” settings, follow these steps!

  1. Unlock your device and go to the home screen.
  2. Find and launch the “Settings” app.
  3. Scroll through the settings menu until you find the “Device” section – it might be in various places depending on your device.
  4. Click on the “Device” option.
  5. You will now have access to various settings related to your device’s functions and performance.
  6. Check out each option and make adjustments according to your preferences.

Hidden features may also be found in the “Device” section – tailored to your particular model or OS version. So don’t miss out on optimizing your device! Go to the “Device” section and unlock its full potential. Upgrade your user experience today!

Step 2: Disabling the Touch Screen

  1. Press the “Start” button on the taskbar, then select the “Settings” icon.
  2. From the Settings menu, choose the “Devices” option.
  3. In the Devices menu, select the “Touch” tab.
  4. Locate the “Use your finger as an input device” option and toggle it off.
  5. Once you have disabled the touch screen, close the Settings menu.

It’s important to note that by disabling the touch screen, you will only be able to interact with your device using a mouse or keyboard. This can be useful if you prefer to use a different input method or if you want to prevent accidental touch inputs.

Pro Tip: If you need to enable the touch screen again, simply follow the same steps and toggle the “Use your finger as an input device” option back on.

Unleash your inner magician and make your touch screen disappear with these easy steps!

Locating the “Touch” settings

My friend had a problem – unwanted touches on her smartphone while playing games. She didn’t know what to do until someone told her about the hidden “Touch” setting within her phone’s Accessibility options. Now, here’s how to find it:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Display or Accessibility.
  3. Look for Touch or Touch Sensitivity.

And that’s it! However, your device may have different menu options, so go exploring to find the setting.

Ever since finding it, my friend has been able to game uninterrupted, without any accidental touches.

Options for disabling the touch screen

Want to disable your touch screen? Here are four ways to do it!

  1. Option 1: Control Panel’s Device Manager – disable the touch screen driver.
  2. Option 2: The device’s built-in settings – turn off the touch functionality.
  3. Option 3: Install third-party software – disable with clicks.
  4. Option 4: Cover the screen – protective film or tape.

Remember that disabling the touch screen may affect other device aspects. Pros and cons must be weighed before deciding.

Not sure what to do? Consult with a professional or reach out to customer support. Get advice and address any concerns.

Take action now and explore these options. Improve your device usage experience by making this alteration.

Step 3: Confirming the Changes

In the next step, you will confirm the changes you have made to disable the touch screen on your Microsoft Surface device.

  1. After following the previous steps to disable the touch screen, you should now see the “Tablet PC Settings” window on your screen.
  2. In this window, select the “Touch” tab at the top.
  3. Under the “Use your finger as an input device” section, you will find a checkbox labeled “Use your finger as an input device”. Make sure this checkbox is unchecked.
  4. Once you have unchecked the box, click on the “OK” button to confirm the changes.

By following these simple steps, you can successfully confirm the changes you have made to turn off the touch screen on your Microsoft Surface device.

It is worth noting that disabling the touch screen on your Microsoft Surface can be a useful feature when you are using a mouse or keyboard as your primary input method. It can help prevent any unintended touch inputs and provide a more focused and efficient user experience.

Fact: Microsoft Surface devices are known for their versatility and innovative touch capabilities, making them popular choices for both work and entertainment purposes.

One click to disable touch, a thousand clicks to avoid accidental selfies.

Saving the changes

To secure your changes, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the “Save” option.
  2. Click on the option to save.
  3. Finalize by clicking the “Save” button.

Remember that saving your changes locks them in and applies them to your document/project.

Also, properly saving your work prevents data loss and keeps your workflow running smoothly.

Fun fact: A study from XYZ Research Institute found that using proper save procedures lessens the risk of data loss across industries.

Restarting the device (if necessary)

Need to restart? Let’s go!

Save your work and close all apps. Find the power button. Hold it down until a menu shows up. Choose to restart/reboot. Wait until it powers off. Then, turn it back on.

Restarting helps make sure recent changes work well. Got trouble? Check the user manual or contact customer support.


  1. You can disable the touch screen on your Microsoft Surface easily! Handy for external peripherals or stopping accidental touches.
  2. Plus, it conserves battery life ’cause the device won’t be always registering touch inputs.
  3. Follow the steps above and you’re good to go!

Additional Tips and Considerations

  1. Check software settings in the Settings app on your Microsoft Surface, maybe find it under Device or Hardware.
  2. Press Windows key + X to open Power User menu.
  3. Select Device Manager and expand Human Interface Devices.
  4. Right-click your touch screen device and choose Disable.
  5. Have a backup mouse or stylus for when you disable the screen.
  6. Clean it with a soft cloth and a gentle cleaning solution.
  7. Consider using a screen protector with anti-glare or anti-fingerprint features.
  8. Disabling the touch screen is useful if you need precise control or want to save battery life.
  9. Before disabling it, remember to save work and close applications that rely on touch input.
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