How to Stop Windows 10’s Touch Keyboard from Appearing at Login

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2024 by

If you have a touchscreen device or a 2-in-1 laptop with a detachable keyboard, you may have noticed that Windows 10’s touch keyboard automatically appears at login. While this may be convenient for some, it can be frustrating for others. In this article, we will discuss how to stop Windows 10’s touch keyboard from appearing at login.

Disable Touch Keyboard Service

The first step to stopping the touch keyboard from appearing at login is to disable the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “services.msc” and press Enter.
  3. In the Services window, scroll down to find “Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service.”
  4. Right-click on it and select “Properties.”
  5. In the General tab, change the Startup type to “Disabled.”
  6. Click “Apply” and then “OK.”

Turn off Tablet Mode

If you are using a 2-in-1 laptop or a tablet with a detachable keyboard, you may have Tablet Mode enabled. This mode is designed for touchscreen devices and can cause the touch keyboard to appear at login. To turn off Tablet Mode, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Action Center icon in the taskbar (it looks like a speech bubble).
  2. Click on “Tablet Mode” to toggle it off.

Change Touch Keyboard Settings

You can also change the settings for the touch keyboard to prevent it from appearing at login. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Click on “Devices.”
  3. In the left sidebar, click on “Typing.”
  4. Under “Touch keyboard,” toggle off “Automatically show the touch keyboard in windowed apps when there’s no keyboard attached to your device.”

Use Registry Editor

If the above methods do not work, you can also use the Registry Editor to disable the touch keyboard at login. Please note that making changes in the Registry Editor can be risky, so proceed with caution and make sure to back up your registry before making any changes.

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “regedit” and press Enter.
  3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI.
  4. Right-click on LogonUI and select “New” > “DWORD (32-bit) Value.”
  5. Name the new value “ShowTabletKeyboard.”
  6. Double-click on the new value and change the value data to “0.”
  7. Click “OK” and close the Registry Editor.

Conclusion

By following these steps, you can stop Windows 10’s touch keyboard from appearing at login. Whether you prefer to use a physical keyboard or just find the touch keyboard to be a nuisance, these methods will help you customize your login experience. Have you had any issues with the touch keyboard at login? Let us know in the comments.

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