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:


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.

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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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