Windows 11 Tablet Mode: How to Enable, Disable or Force it

Enable or disable Tablet mode in a few moves

by Kazim Ali Alvi
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  • A lot of users have been enquiring on multiple forums about the Tablet mode in Windows 11.
  • Windows 11 does support the Tablet mode, but note that it doesn't allow users to manually enable/disable it.
  • Also, the mode works just as fine on both tablets and 2-in-1 laptops.
Tablet mode in Windows 11

We have been using the Tablet mode on previous iterations from Microsoft, but when it came to Windows 11, there was a lot of uncertainty and a lack of information about it.

So, we decided to dedicate an article on Tablet mode in Windows 11 and all the relevant information around it.

You can use this mode on a 2-in-1 laptop or a Windows 11 compatible tablet. It’s a significant upgrade from Windows 10, offering a relatively more straightforward and quicker interface, along with the ability to automatically switch modes.

However, a lot of users were facing trouble while enabling the Tablet mode in Windows 11 or getting it disabled afterward.

With the OS still in the early phase and some major changes in the mode, confusion around it was expected. Go through the following sections to know all there is about tablet mode.

How to turn on/off the Tablet mode in Windows 11?

While there was a built-in option to enable the Tablet mode in Windows 10, it’s missing from the latest iteration. However, it in no way means that Microsoft has discontinued the feature in Windows 11.

The tablet mode still works in Windows 11. The only change is that the OS automatically detects whether a touch-enabled display is available and the right settings in order.

1. Turn on your device that you want to use in Tablet mode.

2. For 2-in-1 laptops, while the touch-screen feature works just fine under normal use, rotating the screen all the way back enables the Tablet mode.

Tablet mode in Windows 11 laptop

3. For tablets with attached keyboards, the mode will kick in as soon the keyboard is detached.

Tablet running Windows 11

4. To check whether tablet mode is enabled, you need to look at the Taskbar icons. As soon as they space out a little, you will know that Windows has switched modes.

5. If you want to disable tablet mode, you need to revert the changes you just made.

6. For 2-in-1 laptops, just rotate the screen back to its original or the optimal position, and the tablet mode will be disabled.

7. For tablets, reattach the external keyboard to disable the mode.

Gone are the days when you had to manually enable the Tablet mode, with the latest iteration automatically switching between the two. Windows 11 has, no doubt, revolutionized the way you use the device.

In case you are stuck on tablet mode and can’t disable it, an error reported by several users, here’s our dedicated guide that will list the methods to resolve the stuck on Tablet mode issue.

Can I force Tablet mode in Windows 11?

Detaching the keyboard or rotating the screen away from the keyboard will force the Tablet mode to kick in. Presently, these are the only ways you can enable the mode in Windows 11.

This confused many who found that tablet mode was not working on HP Spectre laptops.

In case there are some changes in the subsequent updates, we will update the article. Bookmark the webpage to quickly find it the next time.

That’s all there’s to Tablet mode in Windows 11. You will get a lot more acquainted and accustomed after using it for a while.

If you often switch to the Tablet mode in Windows 10, we recommend trying it on the latest OS.

What are the new features in Tablet Mode?

There aren’t a lot of new features introduced in the Windows 11 Tablet mode. But, with the complete UI revamp, it looks refreshing.

The new Start menu works seamlessly when in Tablet mode. The keys on the on-screen virtual keyboard are optimally placed to enable easy touch, ensuring a user-friendly experience.Keyboard in tablet mode

The snap layout feature in Windows 11, available on both normal mode and Tablet mode, helps you work on multiple apps at once by placing them suitably across the screen.

Also, the Windows 11 gestures that you used on the touchpad work just the same in this mode. Tap on the screen or drag your finger across it, as required, for the desired result.

In case you are facing issues with Tablet mode on the latest iteration, roll back to Windows 10. You should then wait for the feature to be properly integrated and any known bugs eliminated before making the upgrade all over again.

Tell us your experience of Tablet mode in Windows 11, and your thoughts on whether it’s better than the previous iteration of the OS, in the comments section below.

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