Prevent the touch keyboard from appearing

Warning: It has come to our attention that information is circulating suggesting that disabling the "Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service" is an accepted method to disable the touch keyboard. Disabling services in this manner can cause problems with other (potentially unrelated) core functions of Windows and is not recommended.

If you do not want to use the touch keyboard in Windows 10, here are some ways to prevent it from appearing:

Hide the touch keyboard button on the taskbar

If you are accidentally pressing the touch keyboard button on the taskbar when you do not wish to use it, here’s how to hide it:

  1. Right-click (or long-press) on the taskbar to display the context menu.

  2. If Show touch keyboard button is checked, select it to clear the check.

    Where to find the "Show touch keyboard button" option on the Taskbar.

Prevent the touch keyboard from appearing outside of tablet mode

If you switch in and out of tablet mode frequently, you can set Windows to not display the touch keyboard outside of that mode:

  1. Select Start  > Settings  > Devices  > Typing .

  2. Under Touch keyboard, if Show the touch keyboard when not in tablet mode and there’s no keyboard attached is On, select it to turn it Off.

Note: If your PC does not support tablet mode, you won’t see the Touch Keyboard settings.

Leaving feedback via Feedback Hub

If the touch keyboard launches unnecessarily in a specific app or situation, or if you have suggestions for improving the touch keyboard, please leave us feedback using Feedback Hub. For more, see Send feedback to Microsoft with the Feedback Hub app.

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