How do I disable the Touch Keyboard entirely?


TL;DR: attempt 2 is half way, but you need one more step, described here. Basically you need to rename or remove the tipband.dll file.


Configuration: Asus Vivobook S400CA with Windows 8 Enterprise.

Screenshot of the toolbar I'm talking about:
You can see here I have 2 toolbars active, a custom download/upload meter, and the Touch Keyboard toolbar.

Since I have a laptop with a fysical keyboard stuck to it, I will never be using the touch keyboard. I'm trying to disable it, with moderate success.

Attempt 1 — disable toolbar:
  • Right click taskbar
  • Click Toolbars
  • Uncheck 'Touch Keyboard'
  • It disappears, but will reappear again whenever I'm using the touch screen a lot and it's prompting me with a text input.

Attempt 2 — disable service:
  • Press Win + R, type 'services.msc', press Enter
  • Find 'Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service', and double tap/click it
  • Click Stop
  • Select 'disabled' at 'Startup type'
  • Click Ok, then reboot
  • This works at first, but when I put the device to sleep and turn it on again, it's back. This does not happen on a normal reboot.

Attempt 3 — disable all toolbars:
  • Press Win + R, type 'gpedit.msc', press Enter
  • Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar
  • Find 'Do not display any custom toolbars in the taskbar', and double tap/click it
  • Click Enabled
  • Click Ok, then reboot.
  • This disables all my toolbars, which is not what I want. I need my download/upload meter toolbar to stay.
So neither of those fixed my problem. I kind of want attempt 2 to work, but without it reppearing after Sleep.

Any help is appreciated.
Have you tried any of the solutions in this forum post? This keyboard is annoying...

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Last updated July 24, 2021 Views 101,607 Applies to: