Stop On-Screen Touch Keyboard Opening on Windows 10 Log On Screen

Is the Windows Touch Screen Keyboard or On-screen keyboard (yes, those are different things) popping up when you are logging into your computer?

You probably recently added a new device driver like when you get a new drawing tablet. We got it from a Veikk tablet driver but the problem happens for many types like Wacom, Microsoft Pen, Huion, XP-Pen, etc

Windows has way too many settings, in way too many different locations! Here is a list of most (probably not all) of the on-screen keyboard and touch keyboard settings you can try to turn off in Windows 10.

You can quick test them by locking your computer (Windows Key + L) and trying to sign back in but it’s best to re-start your computer after each one to be extra sure if it worked or not.

1) Search Tablet Settings

In the Search Bar next to the Windows Start Menu, type tablet settings and open that.

Windows Tablet Settings Search
Windows Search Bar – Tablet Settings

From the settings window that opens you should automatically be on the Tablet option from the left menu. Then set the When I sign in setting to Never use table mode.

Windows Tablet Settings
Windows Tablet Settings

From the bottom of this menu click Change additional tablet settings and a new window should open like this:

Windows - Change additional tablet settings
Windows – Change additional tablet settings

From this menu – Tablet mode should be Off and at the bottom make sure Show the touch keyboard when there’s no keyboard attached is set to Off as well.

Test your system to see if the problem is fixed.


2) On Screen Keyboard Settings

Like before, in the Search Bar next to the Windows Start Menu, type On Screen Keyboard and open that.

The On Screen Keyboard will open and from the bottom right, select Options

Windows On Screen Keyboard Options Burton
Windows On Screen Keyboard Options Burton

At the bottom of the new options window should be a button labeled Control whether the On-Screen Keyboard starts when I sign in

Windows - Control whether the On-Screen Keyboard starts when I sign in
Windows – Onscreen Keyboard Options Menu

When you click this – yet another menu opens up. From here uncheck the option labeled Use On-Screen Keyboard

Windows - Control whether the On-Screen Keyboard starts when I sign in - menu
Windows – Control whether the On-Screen Keyboard starts when I sign in – menu

Check your computer to see if the On-Screen Keyboard is gone now.


3) Ease of Access Keyboard Settings

As before, in the Search Bar next to the Windows Start Menu, type Ease of Access Keyboard Settings and open that.

From the window that pops up you should automatically be on Keyboard on the left hand menu. Then under Use your device without a physical keyboard make sure Use the On-Screen Keyboard is set to Off.

Windows - Ease of Access Keyboard Settings
Windows – Ease of Access Keyboard Settings

Check if the problem is solved.


4) Task Manager Startup – Disable

Open up the Windows Task Manager. You can do this by searching or just right click the task bar and select Task Manager.

In the Task Manager window click on the tab at the top that says Startup

Under the list of startup programs see if you have anything related to Tablets. This will be different depending on your device and drivers. The other thing you can look for is if your tablet brand shows up under the Publisher column.

For example we have TabletDriverCenter.exe showing up and the publisher is VEIKK as the brand of our current tablet.

If you find a program related to tablets – then right click and click Disable – that will stop it from running when you start your computer.

Windows Task Manger - Disable Tablet Startup
Windows Task Manger – Disable Tablet Startup

Time to check if we fixed the problem now.


5) Microsoft Services (Advanced Users Only)

If none of the previous steps solved your problem, and you’re still determined to stop the touch keyboard from appearing at startup, you can try these next 2 options.

Warning – this is only for people already comfortable with changing Windows Service Settings.

Open Services and scroll down to find: Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service according to Windows this Enables Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel pen and ink functionality.

Windows - Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service
Windows – Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service

Right click this and go to Properties from here you should be able to Stop it and also change the Startup type: to Disabled or Manual

Windows Services Properties
Windows Services Properties

If you can’t stop the service for some reason you can try running the Command Prompt as an Administrator and using the following command to disable the Tablet Input Service:

sc config "TabletInputService" start= disabled

To enable the Tablet Input Service use this command:

sc config "TabletInputService" start= auto

Test the solution out now.


6) Registry Editor (Advanced Users Only)

Warning (again) – this is only for people already comfortable with RegEdit modifications.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Open the Registry Editor for Windows. Typing regedit into the searchbox is my favorite way.

From here navigate to:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI

If you have an item named ShowTabletKeyboard you can try setting its value to 0 by right clicking the name and choosing Modify

Registry Editor - Modify
Registry Editor – Modify

Set the Value Data: to 0

Registry Editor - Modify window
Registry Editor – Modify window

If you don’t have that key already, you can create it by:

Right click -> New -> DWord (32 bit) Value -> name it “ShowTabletKeyboard

You should be left with a key with these details:

Name: ShowTabletKeyboard Type: REG_DWORD Data: 0x00000000 (0)

Registry Editor - Show Tablet Keyboard
Registry Editor – Show Tablet Keyboard

That’s all!

A big list of too many different ways to try and stop the Windows Touch Screen Keyboard or On-screen keyboard from opening when you are trying to log onto your computer. We hope it solved your problem!

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