How to turn Tablet Mode on or off in Windows 10


Apr 19, 2016

One huge step forward in Windows 10 was that it really could be all things to all devices. Rather than having a desktop environment nailed on as an afterthought to a touch-oriented interface, we have dedicated environments that works well in each distinct way. If you want to switch between the two to see which you like best, here’s how to turn Tablet Mode on or off in Windows 10.

Turn Tablet Mode on or off in Windows 10
1. Navigate to Settings, System and Tablet Mode.
2. Switch ‘Make Windows more touch-friendly when using your device as a tablet’ to on.
3. Switch ‘When this device automatically switches tablet mode on or off’ to ‘Don't ask me and always switch’.

That’s all there is to it. You can of course tweak the settings as you see fit. There is also a registry edit you can make if you prefer.

Registry edit to turn Tablet Mode on or off in Windows 10
1. Type or paste ‘regedit’ into the Search Windows Box.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell.
3. Modify the TabletMode DWORD value to 1 to turn on Tablet Mode.
4. Modify it back to 0 to turn it off.

While Continuum is good at what it does, I didn’t get on with Tablet Mode on my desktop. It works perfectly on the Surface 4, but not so much on my desktop. Your mileage may vary though.

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