how to turn off the touchscreen on a dell laptop

Using a touchscreen laptop is a convenient way to navigate your laptop. But sometimes you want the touchscreen disabled, like when you type for a long time or use an external mouse. If you own a Dell laptop and want to know how to turn off the touchscreen, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find out how to do it with this blog post.

1. Using Device Manager: The Device Manager is a powerful tool that allows you to control hardware settings on your laptop. To disable the touchscreen using the Device Manager, follow these steps:

  • Press the “Windows + X” keys simultaneously and select “Device Manager” from the menu that appears.
  • Expand the “Human Interface Devices” category by clicking on the arrow next to it.
  • Look for the “HID-compliant touch screen” entry. Right-click on it and select “Disable device.”
  • Confirm the action when prompted. The touchscreen functionality will be turned off immediately.

2. Via Windows Settings: Another method to disable the touchscreen is through the Windows Settings. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Press the “Windows + I” keys to open the Windows Settings.
  • Click on “Devices” and then select “Touchpad” from the left menu.
  • Under the “Related settings” section, click on “Additional settings” to open the “Mouse Properties” window.
  • In the “Mouse Properties” window, go to the “Hardware” tab.
  • Select “HID-compliant touch screen” from the list and click on the “Properties” button.
  • In the Properties window, click on the “Change settings” button.
  • Navigate to the “Driver” tab and click on “Disable” to turn off the touchscreen.

3. Using Dell Drivers and Utilities: Some Dell laptops come with pre-installed drivers and utilities that allow you to manage specific hardware settings. Check your laptop’s documentation or visit the Dell support website to see if there’s a Dell-specific utility for managing the touchscreen. If available, use the utility to disable the touchscreen.

4. Update BIOS Settings: In certain Dell laptop models, you can disable the touchscreen functionality through the BIOS/UEFI settings. Access the BIOS/UEFI by restarting your laptop and pressing the appropriate key (often F2, F12, or Del) during startup. Locate the “Advanced” or “Integrated Devices” section and look for an option to disable the touchscreen.

5. Re-enabling the Touchscreen: If you ever want to enable the touchscreen again, follow the same steps mentioned above, but choose “Enable device” instead of “Disable device.”


On your Dell laptop, you can disable the touchscreen pretty easily, and then you can re-enable it whenever you want. Whether you prefer a traditional laptop experience during typing sessions or have specific needs that call for turning off the touchscreen, these methods make sure you have full control.