How to disable Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10

We took a look at how to use Windows Ink Workspace yesterday. This new feature in Windows 10 helps in delivering a more personal Pen experience. Windows Ink empowers you to achieve more out of your touch device, like Dell XPS 12 or Surface. Acting as a central depot for the new features like Screen Sketch, Sketchpad, and a revamped Sticky Notes, Windows Ink manages to stand out of conventional pen experience. Several developers are signing in on this to make pen-friendly apps, and we can see the experience improving shortly.

However, if you are not much into drawing or if you do not own a touch device like Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, this guide will walk you through the steps to completely disable Windows Ink Workspace on your Windows 10 PC.

Disable Windows Ink Workspace

While there may be several ways to disable Windows Ink Workspace, we’re going to list those using the Local Group Policy Editor and Registry Editor.

Turn off Windows Ink Workspace using Group Policy Editor

1. Hit Windows Key + R on your keyboard to launch Run prompt. Type gpedit.msc and hit Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.

2. Next, navigate to the following path on the left side pane of GPO window.

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Ink Workspace

Disable Windows Ink Workspace

3. Now, in the right side pane, double-click Allow Windows Ink Workspace to open its properties.

4. Up next, in the properties window for selected policy, select Enabled from the available options. Afterward, select Disabled from the drop-down menu under Options section. Refer the below image for more details.

How to disable Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10

Incidentally, you will also see an option OK but disallow access above lock here.

5. Click OK and then Apply. Restart your PC to make the changes effective. Once logged back in, you’ll notice that Windows Ink Workspace has been disabled, and you’re no longer able to access it through taskbar.

However, if you are using Windows 10 Home as your primary OS, you will not be having access to Local Group Policy Editor. Under such circumstances, Registry Editor comes into play.

Disable Windows Ink Workspace using Registry Editor

1. Create a system restore point first and then press Windows Key + R on your keyboard to launch Run prompt. Type regedit.exe and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

2. Navigate to the below path on the left side pane of Registry Editor.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft

How to disable Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10

3. You’ll need to create a new key for Windows Ink Workspace here, in case you are not able to see it there. Right-click Microsoft key and select New>Key.

4. Name the Key as WindowsInkWorkspace and hit Enter.

5. Now, select WindowsInkWorkspace key and right-click anywhere inside the right-side pane of Registry Editor. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it as AllowWindowsInkWorkspace and hit Enter.

How to disable Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10

6. Double-click and open the key AllowWindowsInkWorkspace and set its value as 0. Click OK and close the Registry Editor. Restart your computer to make the changes effective. Once signed back in, you should see Windows Ink Workspace disabled.

Restart your computer to make the changes effective. Once signed back in, you should see Windows Ink Workspace disabled.

You’ll now not be able to access Windows Ink and its inclusive features Sketchpad and Screen Sketch now. However, Sticky notes remain available as a separate Windows Store app.

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