How to calibrate touchscreen on Windows 10 quick & easy

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Windows 10 is optimized for touchscreen monitors, but just like with any new operating system, some incompatibilities between various OS settings are possible.

For example, users have reported that they cannot calibrate their touchscreen. So in this article, we’re guiding you to fix this issue.

We’re addressing users of any Windows 10 device, yet we do have a separate article tackling screen calibration specifically for laptops, in case you want to check it out.

How do I calibrate touchscreen on Windows 10?

  1. Update your drivers
  2. Clean your display
  3. Use default drivers instead
  4. Check other input devices
  5. Run the Troubleshooter
  6. Install the driver in compatibility mode
  7. Use Control Panel

1. Update your drivers

  1. Open Device Manager and expand the Human Interface Devices section.Human Interface Devices section
  2. Find your touchscreen. (It’s probably called HID-compliant touchscreen or something similar.)
  3. Right-click on Enable.
  4. If the option isn’t available, click Update Driver Software.
  5. Choose Browse my computer for driver software.
  6. Select the C: drive and check Include subfolders option.
  7. If this doesn’t work, repeat the process and choose Search automatically for updated driver software.

Although this is the classic way to update drivers, it might fail at times, since it involves you choosing the right driver.

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You only need to install the tool, launch it, and run a full system scan. DriverFix will find outdated software and recommend fresh ones from a massive online database.

From this point onward, you can choose whether you want to update all drivers at once, or each one, in turn.

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2. Clean your display

Clean your display

Touchscreens are quite sensitive devices, and sometimes grease and dirt can cause them to not work properly.

To prevent this you should regularly clean your touchscreen display.


3. Use default drivers instead

  1. Go to the Human Interface Devices section as shown in the first solution.Human Interface Devices section
  2. Find your touchscreen device, right-click it, and click Uninstall.
  3. Check Delete the driver software for this device then hit OK.
  4. Restart your computer and the default driver should be installed on the spot.

4. Check other input devices

  1. Open Device Manager and go to Human Interface Device section.
  2. Find USB Input Device. (If there are more options, you might have to repeat it for all of them.)
  3. Select Properties and go to the Power Management tab.Check other input devices
  4. Uncheck Allow this computer to turn off this device to save power.

This will keep your device powered at all times, but your computer will use more power as a result. Still, it can solve the calibration problem.


5. Run the Troubleshooter

  1. Type troubleshoot in the home screen search bar.
  2. Select Troubleshoot from the left-hand screen.how to calibrate touchscreen
  3. Go to Hardware and Devices.
  4. Click Run.
  5. Follow the instructions and allow the process to finish.

6. Install the driver in compatibility mode

Install the driver in compatibility mode

  1. Download the setup file for the driver from de manufacturer’s website.
  2. Right-click on the file and select Properties.
  3. From the Compatibility tab, check Run this program in Compatibility mode.
  4. Install the driver.

7. Use Control Panel

  1. Type Control Panel in the home screen search bar and open the program.
  2. Go to Hardware & Sound and look for Tablet PC Settings. 
  3. Click the Calibrate the screen for pen or touch input option.calibrate touchscreen
  4. Follow the instructions.

This solution was suggested by a reader using a 2016 Dell Inspiron touchscreen laptop with a 1080p screen.

That’s it. We hope this article helped with the calibration issue and that you are now able to use the touchscreen properly.

Any suggestion or feedback on this topic is appreciated, so feel free to use the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2015 and was completely revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in September 2015 and was revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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  • Actually, the above procedure does not work–at least not for my 2016 Dell Inspiron touchscreen laptop with 1080p screen. The procedure is simpler than the above however:
    (1) Just go to the traditional Control Panel, and look for “Tablet PC Settings” then click the “Calibrate” button and follow the instructions.
    That’s it.
    If you don’t know how to bring up Control Panel (and MS has made it harder to find with Win10) create a shortcut to the desktop from the C:windowssystem32 directory. OR, open “This Computer” then in the search box in the upper right-hand corner type in “control.exe” that will find the link in the correct directory, and you can double-click it, then click on “Tablet PC Settings” that way.