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We have a Windows 10 PC configured for an embedded application. There is no mouse or keyboard attached to the system and the user interacts with the software only via a touchscreen.

Whenever you touch the screen, a small transparent circle briefly appears where you clicked. After about 2-3s, the circle disappears. Similarly, if you click and hold a spot on the touchscreen, a small black square is briefly displayed on the screen.

I'd like to turn off these features and am assuming they are a combination of a few Windows 10 settings and/or hardware settings, but I cannot find them in Windows Settings or Device Manager.

How do I turn off these effects?

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You can find touch feedback settings here:

  • Windows Settings > Ease of Access
  • Click Other options > Visual options
  • Find the Touch feedback section
  • Disable Show visual feedback when I touch the screen

Note! Windows 10 only displays Touch feedback settings if touch-enabled hardware was detected on power up. If you connect the PC to a standard, non-touch monitor offline...you will not see these settings and cannot configure them (except perhaps via the registry)! This is confusing and (in my view) a Windows 10 bug.

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