How to Enable or Disable Tablet Mode in Windows 10

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Windows 10's Tablet Mode provides a more touch-friendly experience by  making all applications run at full screen (rather than in windows) and giving you a Start screen instead of a Start Menu. If you have a 2-in-1 device, Windows 10 asks you if you want to enter tablet mode every time you convert your notebook into a slate. However, if you want to switch between Tablet and Desktop modes manually, stick with Desktop mode even on a tablet or avoid the prompt and have it switch to tablet mode automatically, you can change the settings.

Configuring Tablet Mode involves three basic actions:

  1. Go to the Tablet Mode tab under Settings -> System.
  2. Toggle the "make Windows more touch friendly" option on or off.
  3. Select whether the device switches modes automatically, prompts you or never switches.

Step-by-Step Instructions with Screenshots

1. Click Settings on the Start Menu.

Select settings

2. Select System.

Select System

3. Select Tablet mode in the left pane. A Tablet mode submenu appears.

Select ablet mode

4. Toggle "Make Windows more touch-friendly . . ." to on to enable Tablet mode. Toggle it off to go to desktop mode. 

Toggle to on

5. Select "Don't ask me and always switch" from the "When this device automatically switches" menu if you want Windows 10 to switch modes on your 2-in-1 without prompting you.

Select don't ask me and always switch


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  • Laura Lieff Says:

    This is the sixth installment of working with Windows 10.

  • victor t stockton Says:

    disable the tablet thing from my computer. I prefer the desktop. method. Thank you.

  • Nikki Says:

    What Kelley suggested worked for me. "I think I may have a better solution! Click at the very bottom right of your screen (it should be the notification button) and up pops the action center. Then, just turn off tablet mode."

  • KLCJR77 Productions Says:

    Go to settings.
    Tablet Mode
    After this every time you want to see the DESKTOP Like it was in WINDOWS 7,
    Right Click right by the TASK VIEW or WINDOWS ICON.
    CLICK "SHOW THE DESKTOP" Every time you want.


  • Christopher O'Bryant Says:

    My asus laptop is stuck n tablet mode n I 4gt my password so I can't reboot it!!! Any suggestions!!!

  • Alexa Says:

    Try the keyboard short cut it helped me:control alt up arrow key

  • Tharindu Sumal Jayaneththi Says:

    This method will not work. Press Windows key and X, Then go to Device manager. on the list click on Human interface. then right click on Hid Compliant touch screen and disable it.

  • angela Says:

    its still not working even though i followed the instructions word to word

  • Stefan Says:

    Trying to install new program
    wont let me because or error code 2502 and 2503
    If I get uninstaller will I have a conflict with Norton some products come with AVG this happens every year at tax time

  • Kenneth S. Hancock Says:

    I can't get Start Menu to open or Cortana or can't change volume setting or see my notifications. Battery is 100% charged. I can go on line.

  • justin Says:

    i do every thing and it still not working

  • ryan james Says:

    I have the pavilion laptop with tablet capability. Sometimes the touch screen works in laptop/tablet mode and will automatically swap to tablet mode when I flip the screen but then sometimes the touchscreen doesn't seem to work at all regardless of whether I am in laptop or tablet mode. If I restart the touch screen then seems to work again. Can someone please give me a solution or answer. thanks.

  • Kate Childers Says:

    The toggle switch to go from tablet mode is no longer located on this system setting window - it apparently is now only located in the action center (opened by hitting the icon on the far right bottom of the screen).

  • Vides Says:

    Kelley.You fixed it. I wasted so much time on this nonsense thank you so much

  • Kelley Says:

    I think I may have a better solution! Click at the very bottom right of your screen (it should be the notification button) and up pops the action center. Then, just turn off tablet mode.

  • BeckyLou Says:

    System>tablet mode > leaves me no option to turn on or off. I chose "Use Desktop mode and "never ask me never switch", but it is still activated... my screen is cracked and I cannot have it on.

  • beth28 Says:

    Done this but didnt work still.

  • Otto22 Says:

    Thank you very much. It was very helpful indeed.

  • Melissa Says:

    I have done this several times and it is not working what can I do help please!!!!!

  • serah Says:

    I've been doing this several times but it doesn't work on my laptop. please I want to know what's wrong.

  • Carole Says:

    What is a DLL? I can't seem to get my Touch screen to work. Please I need help.


    Will this disable my keyboard? That's what I'm actually trying to do. My keyboard is acting funky. Two keys stuck. I would like to just use an external keyboard.

  • Abdrabbo Shehata Says:

    Thank you very much, it's greatly appreciated

  • Ann Marie Says:

    Thank you for this ;)

    It was clear, concise and I didn't have to go looking all over the web for it

  • demetra pq Says:

    if i do select those settings but nothing happens what s wrong ?

  • Malinda Says:

    OMG Thank you so much, I've been trying to figure out why I can't see my desktop for the longest time. SSSSSsuper helpful!!!!!!!!

  • Queen Says:

    Thanks for the instructions...very helpful

  • Christine Howitt Says:

    Thanks Avram; very concise and precise instructions, a simple toggle on and then back off un-stuck it from tablet mode. Still don't know why it did that when I logged back on.
    Oh well - you saved the day.

  • Eliza Says:

    Unfortunately, I figured out how to switch to tablet mode on my own, but can't figure out how to switch back to desktop mode, and am stuck there. Perhaps you have a link to information on how to switch to desktop mode.

  • Deryl Says:


    Unfortunately, I figured out how to switch to tablet mode on my own, but can't figure out how to switch back to desktop mode, and am stuck there. Perhaps you have a link to information on how to switch to desktop mode.

    Thank you in advance.

    Deryl Johnson

  • Stevie Says:

    Thank You Avram, your instructions saved me from a further 1 hour of trying to figure this out.


  • Joel Reid Says:

    I have been on this idiotic page 45 minutes. I clicked on ENABLE and DISABLE TABLET MODE! I click on it and end up BACK AT THE TOP. As I scroll down. I find another list with the same TOPICS. I again PRESS the same topic.
    I must have clicked on Tablet Mode. Because now my START BUTTON doesn't work. Nothing along the button works. The only way I got online was by RIGHT clicking on START and a LIST popped up with TASK MANAGER on it.I went to the TASK MANAGER AND Right clicked to hit OPEN WITH ADMINISTRATOR button. THATS HOW I OPENED CHROME. NO Internet Explorer there. WHAT DO I DO PLEASE????
    Nothing works.

  • Edward Says:

    You don't even need to dig into Settings to do this. Just right-click on the Action Center icon in the System Tray and choose Open Action Center, unless it's already open and its icons are displayed in the System Tray. When the Action Center is open, you can freely switch between Tablet Mode and Taskbar Mode by activating or deactivating the Tablet Mode button. I prefer this mode when moving tiles or groups of tiles around, or when giving a tour of the system.

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