If you’re not a great fan of Windows Ink Workspace and want to disable it on your Windows 10 PC. In this tutorial, you will find out step by step guide on how to do that.
In Windows 10 Anniversary update Microsoft introduced a new Windows Ink workspace feature to improve the pen experience. With the help of this feature tablet user who’ve stylus or pen can write on their device just like on a paper.
If the supported pen or stylus is identified by your Windows 10 device, the Windows Ink icon will automatically appear in the system tray or in the notification area on the taskbar.
Windows Ink Workspace offers you a variety of features like you can create sticky notes, write notes on the web pages, take a screenshot of the Windows screen using screen sketch or sketchpad, create reminders using Cortana, you can draw anything on the whiteboard, edit any image and more. Even on the Microsoft surfaces device, it is integrated with Microsoft Office, Edge, and Maps. It is really a useful feature for those whose devices is supported by stylus or pen.
In case, your device does not support pen or stylus, then you will not find it useful and definitely want to disable Windows Ink Workspace on your Windows 10. Here is what you need to do that:
Disable Windows Ink Workspace on Windows 10
There are lots of ways to disable Windows Ink Workspace on Windows 10 PC, but one of the easiest ways is by using the Group Policy Editor, but it is only available in the Windows 10 (Pro, Education, and Enterprise). In case, you’re device running any of these editions, then here is what you need to do:
1. Launch the Group Policy Editor.
For that, simply type gpedit.msc in the Windows 10 Start menu search bar and when gpedit.msc run command appears in the search results click to run it.
When UAC pop-up appear, click Yes to continue.
2. Navigate to following path: Computer Configuration ->Administrative Templates ->Windows Components ->Windows Ink Workspace.
3. On the right pane, look for Allow Windows Ink Workspace Settings and double click on it.
4. Another window will open here you need to switch from “Not configured” to “Enabled” settings.
5. Under action settings, switch from ON to Disabled.
6. After that, click on Apply and then OK.
In case, you’re using Windows 10 Home Edition, then you can disable Windows Ink feature with the help of Registry Editor. Here is what you need to do:
Disable Windows Ink Workspace on Windows 10 (Home Edition)
1. Launch Registry Editor.
For that, type regedit in the Windows 10 Start menu search bar and when you see regedit run command at the top of the result click to run it. When UAC pop-up appears, click Yes to continue.
2. In the Registry Editor navigate to the following Registry key:
Note: If there is no WindowsInkWorkspace Registry Key, Simply create one manually.
3. Select WindowsInkWorksapce Key.
4. Here on the right panel make a right click and select New-> DWORD (32-bit Value) to create 32-bit DWORD value and name it AllowWindowsInkWorkspace.
Make sure, it’s Value Data is set to be 0, you can confirm this by making a right-click on the same value.
Note: Even if you’re using the 64-bit version of Windows, still you need to create 32-bit DWORD value.
5. Once done, you need to Sign out and Sign in back to your Windows account to apply the changes.
Some users reported that they noticed the changes after restarting their device. So if Sign out and Sign in didn’t work for you, then you can also reboot your device.
By applying above registry hack, you can disable Windows Ink Workspace feature from your Windows 10 PC.
In case, you want to enable Windows Ink Workspace feature back, then you simply need to delete the AllowWindowsInkWorkspace parameter from the Registry Editor.
Let us know in the comments, if you’re a great fan of Windows Ink Workspace or not?