How to enable or disable the touchscreen on a laptop

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Updated: 08/03/2018 by Computer Hope

A touchscreen is a great feature on a laptop if you like to use your finger instead of a mouse to navigate the operating system. If your laptop has a touchscreen functionality, its functionality will automatically be turned on, or enabled, out of the box.

If for some reason your touchscreen is not working, you can try manually enabling it. You can also try calibrating the touchscreen if it is not working correctly.

Or, if you want to disable the touchscreen altogether, that can also be done.

Choose an action from the list below and follow the provided steps to enable, calibrate, or disable the touchscreen on your laptop.

Note: There are no Apple Macbooks or laptops that support touchscreen.

Enable the touchscreen

If the touchscreen is not working at all, you can try enabling it using these steps.

  1. Open the Device Manager in Windows.
  2. Click on the arrow to the left of the Human Interface Devices option in the list, to expand and show the hardware devices under that section.
  3. Find and right-click on the HID-compliant touch screen device in the list.
  4. Select the Enable device option in the pop-up menu.

Enable touchscreen in Windows Device Manager

Note: If you do not see the “Enable device” option in the pop-up menu, the touchscreen is already enabled. If the touchscreen is not working, it could be defective and need to be repaired. You can also check the manufacturer’s website to see if there are updated drivers for the touchscreen. Run Windows Update, or download and install the latest drivers for the touchscreen, to see if that fixes the problem.

Calibrate the touchscreen

If the touchscreen is working, but not correctly, you can try calibrating it to see if that helps fix the issue. Follow these steps to calibrate the touchscreen on your laptop.

  1. Access the Control Panel.
  2. Find and click on the Tablet PC Settings option. If using the Category view in the Control Panel, it is found under Hardware and Sound.
  3. In the Tablet PC Settings window, on the Display tab and under the Display Options section, click the Calibrate button.

Calibrate touchscreen in Windows

  1. Follow the instructions displayed on the screen. You will be instructed to tap the crosshair icon on the screen each time it is displayed in different locations.

Disable the touchscreen

If you want to disable the touchscreen on your laptop, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Device Manager in Windows.
  2. Click on the arrow to the left of the Human Interface Devices option in the list, to expand and show the hardware devices under that section.
  3. Find and right-click on the HID-compliant touch screen device in the list.
  4. Select the Disable device option in the pop-up menu.

Disable touchscreen in Windows Device Manager

Note: If you do not see the “Enable device” option in the pop-up menu, the touchscreen is already disabled.

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