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My computer comes with a touch screen. I may want that someday, but right now I don't. Is there a way to disable it? I am running Windows 8.1. Thanks!

EDIT: When I go to Pen and touch via control panel, this is what I see. There is nothing about using my fingers as input

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You probably should accept an answer for this question. – APerson Feb 14 '14 at 23:31

Start the Device Manager, e.g., through Control Panel, or by running devmgmt.msc from

  • Start > Run, or
  • Windows Key+R, or
  • Command Prompt

Expand "Human Interface Devices" and disable the touch screen from there:

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Be careful to not shutdown your keyboard and/or mouse!

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I see an option to disable my screen. But will that stop it from displaying anything? That would be bad . . . – William Jockusch Mar 17 '14 at 18:46
No, don't disable anything under display adaptor, it should be under human interface device. – MDT Guy Mar 17 '14 at 19:15
Yes, under Human Interface Devices, I can disable the screen or not. But it doesn't say anything about touch there. So I don't know if it will disable the screen completely, or just turn off touch. – William Jockusch Mar 17 '14 at 19:20

Try these steps

  1. Press Windows Key + Q
  2. Type Control Panel
  3. Go to Hardware and Sound
  4. Pen and touch
  5. Click the touch tab
  6. Disable use your finger as an input


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-1. The question includes a screenshot of the control panel item you direct us to. As you can see there is no obvious way to disable the finger as input. I see the same as the questioner; on the touch tab shown in the screenshots, where would you "Disable use your finger as an input"? – dumbledad Dec 23 '13 at 16:07
I agree with @dumbledad. The page this answer links as a reference also suggests disabling the touch input device in the Device Manager, which has more "helpful" votes than any other answer. – dotVezz Dec 23 '13 at 16:08
Apologies kobaltz, I realise that the screen-shot was added four days after the answer! – dumbledad Dec 23 '13 at 16:32

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