No Touch Screen? Disable Ink Workspace in Windows 10 Now
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The Windows 10 Anniversary Update brought along many new features and improved others. One such improvement was Windows Ink, the new function of Windows 10 that makes writing on a touch screen consistent across apps.

However, a large number of Windows 10 users don’t have a touch screen or don’t care about touch features. If you fall into one of these camps, here’s how to disable Ink on your system so you’re not bothered by it.

There are two methods for this process: one using Group Policy (which is a bit friendlier to edit) and the other via the Registry. Only Windows 10 Pro owners have access to the Group Policy editor, so if you’re on Windows 10 Home, follow the second method.

For Group Policy, press Windows Key + R and type gpedit.msc. Follow this trail on the left sidebar to access the needed setting: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Ink Workspace.

Here, double-click Allow Windows Ink Workspace and choose Disabled. Reboot and you’ll find Ink completely vanished on your system.

To do this in the Registry, press Windows Key + R and type regedit. Browse down to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft

If you don’t see a key called WindowsInkWorkspace under the Microsoft key, right click the Microsoft folder and choose New > Key. Name it WindowsInkWorkspace, then select this new folder you just created.

In its right pane, right-click blank space and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name this one AllowWindowsInkWorkspace and set its value to 0 by double-clicking it to edit its properties.

Reboot, and you’ll have your own set of disappearing ink! Don’t have the Anniversary Update yet? You can download it now in just a few steps.

Do you like Windows Ink or are you eager to get rid of it? Leave a comment and let us know if you use this feature!

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  1. Wesley Sulek
    September 21, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Thanks a lot [SARCASM]! I created the WindowsInkWorkspace key and set it to zero. After reboot, I lost the ability to right-click with my touchpad and mouse. Why would you tell anyone to CREATE a key and then switch it OFF???

  2. Bruce Epper
    September 16, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Using the regedit method, if the AllowWindowsInkWorkspace value does not exist, the feature is already disabled. Adding it and setting it to zero has no effect. This holds for any registry setting using a DWORD as a boolean value.

    • Wesley Sulek
      September 21, 2016 at 3:23 am

      Illogically, I did that. Create a key and then switch it to zero. After reboot I lost the ability to right-click with my touchpad and mouse. Mindless.