Should I Disable Windows 10 Tablet Input Service?
As a feature of Ease of Access or for people that have a difficulty typing on their standard keyboard, Windows 10 provides an On Screen Keyboard powered through a Windows Service called TabletInputService. This feature will allow you to click on the on-screen buttons to type, or if you have a touchscreen you can tap on the keys to type. However, this service runs regardless if you are not using it.
Since I don’t personally use this feature nor is my personal computer a tablet or laptop I decided to disable it. This article will show you various ways of disabling the Windows Tablet Input Service.
Disable Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service #
Click on the “Start” button at the bottom left of your screen and type “services.msc” then press “Enter” on your keyboard.
Locate the “Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service” name and right click on it. Select “Stop” from the drop down. After it has stopped, right click on it again and select “Properties” from the drop down. Change the “Startup type” setting from “Automatic” to “Disabled“. A restart would be required to implement this change.
Note: If an error regarding this service occurs upon restarting, simply reverse the above action.
Disable Login On-Screen Keyboard #
Click on the “Start” button at the bottom left of your screen and type “regedit” then press “Enter” on your keyboard. Copy and paste the below address into the address bar at the top:
Double click on the “ShowTabletKeyboard” DWORD to open it and set the Value data to “0” to disable it. If this DWORD (32-bit) Value key doesn’t exist, you can create it and set it to “0“.
Disable TabletInputService #
Again, assuming you don’t use or need the on-screen keyboard, to disable the TabletInputService click “Start” and type “regedit” then press “Enter” on your keyboard. Copy and paste the below address into the address bar at the top:
Locate and set the “Start” DWORD from the default value of “3” to “4“. A restart would be required to implement this change.
You would then want to “Favorite” this location within your Registry Editor in case you change your mind or run into issues. Then simply revert the Start DWORD back to “3” to enable the TabletInputService and all its related functionality. Once again, a restart would be required to implement this change.
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Regarding your article about disabling the tabletinputservice. Disabling this service will prevent keyboard entry into various input targets such as start menu, settings and all UWP applications. Additionally, it will prevent in box IME from operating normally for east Asian users. Furthermore will disable various features such as emoji picker and handwriting. The most severe impact is loss of keyboard functionality in Start menu, settings, and all UWP.
Thank you for the updated information Eric. Personally, I still want the tablet service disabled on my PC zoned for the United States but will keep your information in mind should I encounter any future input issues. Right now it is working fine. Again, I very much appreciate your input as it may help others!