My computer constantly prompts me to switch to Tablet Mode. I donâ€™t want to use that, however, because Iâ€™m on a desktop and have a keyboard. Can I disable tablet mode entirely in Win10?
You would think that there was a switch or setting in Microsoft Windows 10 that let you permanently disable tablet mode but, perhaps surprisingly, there isnâ€™t one. You can stop the system suggesting you switch, but you canâ€™t get rid of the feature entirely. I guess the Microsoft engineers canâ€™t imagine a scenario where you wouldnâ€™t want a full-screen Start menu tile layout and on-screen keyboard, even if you have a darn physical keyboard 3? away from the screen.
Before we were to toss out the proverbial baby with the bathwater, it might be worth asking if thereâ€™s a specific thing you do that causes the system to believe you want to switch to tablet mode, however. The classic way is to actually click on the Tablet â€œQuick Actionâ€ on the right side of your Win10 desktop, but weâ€™ll turn that off to take the temptation away.
To start, letâ€™s just have a look how Tablet Mode in Win10 kinda just looks a lot like the original, radical Windows 10 full-screen-for-everything interface. To start, our reference point, Desktop.
Notice the TaskBar along the bottom, as youâ€™d expect, and nothing special on the right side. Click or tap on the Notifications â€œtalk balloonâ€on the lower right corner, however, and a panel opens up with not just any notifications, but also those Quick Actions:
Top left, â€œTablet modeâ€œ. Tap or click on that to switch to tablet mode â€“ which youâ€™ve done inadvertently, perhaps: this is how you can manually switch back and forth â€“ and the screen changes to hide most everything:
Okay, no tablet mode. No worries. Letâ€™s get rid of just about all of the features and options. Though you canâ€™t completely exorcise tablet mode from Windows 10 we can certainly make it a lot harder to stumble across.
Start by right clicking on the Tablet Mode quick action tile on the lower right. Youâ€™ll see this:
Choose â€œGo to Settingsâ€ and youâ€™ll be able to configure tablet mode as you desire:
Well, sort of. The top choice youâ€™ll want to change from â€œUse the appropriate mode for my hardwareâ€ (which seems benign) to â€œUse desktop modeâ€œ. The second option is a bit more interesting:
The choice you want is a variation on the military dictum of â€œdonâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tellâ€, so choose â€œDonâ€™t ask me and donâ€™t switchâ€œ. The other two settings you should have as shown above.
Thatâ€™s about as much as you can do, but letâ€™s take one more step: letâ€™s get rid of the â€œTabletâ€ quick access tile. To do that, go into the Windows 10 Start / Cortana search box and enter â€œquick actionsâ€. Itâ€™ll show quite a few options:
What you want to select is â€œChoose your quick actionsâ€ which brings up yet another window, the key part of which is this display:
Go figure, itâ€™s exactly like the quick start tiles that are actually in use. You can rearrange them as desired, but note that you can also add or remove quick actions. Thatâ€™s what we want, click on the â€œAdd or remove quick actionsâ€ link below all the tiles in the window.
A rather dull list of actions with on/off switches appears:
Thatâ€™s it. Simply turn off â€œTablet modeâ€ and any others youâ€™d like to disable while youâ€™re at it. And if you look now, the quick actions grid will reflect the change:
And thatâ€™s as good as you get with tablet settings within Windows 10. Hope itâ€™s helpful and that you feel more in control of your computer.