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How to disable the on-screen keyboard in Windows 10

Hello! We certainly use computers for many tasks. Therefore, the number of tasks we do with them is increasing all the time. Indeed, it is an indispensable element in many jobs. However, we are not free from having problems from time to time on our computers. It is possible that sometimes the touch keyboard appears on the Windows 10 startup screen, i.e., behaving like a touchscreen computer. And worst of all, it is likely that we have not voluntarily activated this option to access the system. Undoubtedly, a setback. That’s why today we will show you how to disable the on-screen keyboard in Windows 10.

How to disable on-screen keyboard in Windows 10 with Control Panel

To be honest, the touch keyboard can get us out of a jam when the physical keyboard doesn’t work. Even more so if we do not have a spare keyboard. However, we may activate it accidentally. As a result, we will have a nuisance on the screen. Therefore, knowing how to remove the keyboard from the screen is useful in these cases.

Fortunately, there are several methods to do so. Kindly note that there are numerous reasons for the system to behave abnormally. Sporadically, a scan of the computer is not enough. Consequently, today we will focus on one factor that can cause malfunctions. We are talking about the on-screen keyboard in Windows 10. This should be a normal option on touch devices. However, its presence in classic computers is not justified, beyond specific cases. On the contrary, its appearance on the start screen is a nuisance. But don’t worry, today we will see how to get rid of it.

Many times this Windows malfunction is caused by the configuration of the Ease of access. Well, one of the ways to solve this is through the Control Panel. With this in mind, press the Win+R combination and add the term Control Panel to launch it.

Launching the control panel
Launching the control panel
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Once you are there, please click on Ease of Access.

Control Panel>Ease of Access
Control Panel>Ease of Access

Consequently, we have to click on Ease of Access Center:

As you can see, there are several options related to the accessibility of the system. However, you just have to scroll down to the bottom and click to Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard.

Opening the on-screen keyboard configuration options.
Opening the on-screen keyboard configuration options.

On the next screen, just uncheck the box corresponding to the on-screen keyboard.

Disabling the on-screen keyboard in Windows 10
Disabling the on-screen keyboard in Windows 10

Disabling the on-screen keyboard from Windows Settings

We will also be able to configure this function from Windows Settings. With this in mind, press the Win+I combination. Once there, just click on Ease of Access.

Windows Settings>Ease of Access

On the next screen, please scroll down the left column to Keyboard. Now, in the menu on the right, you just have to deactivate the on-screen keyboard box.

Disabling the on-screen keyboard from Windows Settings
Disabling the on-screen keyboard from Windows Settings

How to disable the on-screen keyboard with the task manager.

It may be that some program activates this function in an undesired way. In addition, it is also possible that this program starts together with Windows. Therefore, it is recommended to disable this automatic startup. This is a way to solve this problem. Well, the first thing you have to do is to enter the task manager. With this in mind, press the combination Control+Shift+Esc. Once there, just click on the Startup tab.

Disabling a program from Windows 10 startup
Disabling a program from Windows 10 startup

To learn more about how to lighten Windows 10 startup, we invite you to review our tutorial.

How to disable on-screen keyboard Windows 10 with services

Finally, we will see how to disable this function from Windows 10 services. Please follow these steps. First, press the Win+R combination. Once the box is displayed, please run the command: services.msc.

Running services command
Running services command

As a result, the list of services available in Windows 10 will be displayed. Please scroll down to the bottom to the service: Touch Keyboard and Hand Writing Panel Service.

Windows 10 Services
Windows 10 Services

Then, just double-click on it to configure it. In this window, please click on the startup type. Please select the Disabled option. Finally, click Apply and then OK to save the changes.

Disabling the on-screen keyboard from Windows 10 services.
Disabling the on-screen keyboard from Windows 10 services.

How to disable Windows 10 Mouse

In addition, you can also disable the touch mouse operation as well. Certainly, a malfunction of this can be as annoying as the on-screen keyboard. There are several ways to do this: through the device manager, using third-party applications, and through the BIOS. However, we are going to use a method through the CMD. With this intention, enter CMD in the search bar. I would like to point out that you have to run it with administrator privileges.

Running a CMD ad administrator
Running a CMD ad administrator

Then we are going to run the following key combination to deactivate Windows 10 touch keyboard:

sc config “TabletInputService” start= disabled
sc stop “TabletInputService”
Disabling the touch mouse via CMD
Disabling the touch mouse via CMD

If you want to re-enable the services related to the Windows 10 on-screen keyboard, run the following commands:

sc config “TabletInputService” start= auto 
sc start “TabletInputService”
Reactivating the on-screen touch mouse via CMD

Conclusion

Using any of these methods, we can disable the on-screen keyboard option when we log in Windows 10. This way, we will have a cleaner and more comfortable desktop to work with. It is worth noting that this option has most likely been activated accidentally. However, it is still an inconvenient circumstance for the user. Since this on-screen keyboard option makes a lot of sense on touch devices. Even on regular devices, it can be very useful. Personally, it has gotten me out of a bind when the physical keyboard has failed. However, nothing beats having complete control over the system and its behavior. That has been the intention of this tutorial. Simply to give you several ways to solve this problem. Okay, that’s all for now. Stay tuned to our updates for more tips on how to use Windows 10. See you later!

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