How to remove Ghost Touch bubbles from Windows 10 tablet

One of the worst annoyances of touch-enabled Windows 10 devices is ‘Ghost Touching’ on the screen. It’s the random phenomenon where the computer screen starts flashing bubbles like spots around the edges of the screen with the mouse cursor bouncing around it, becoming almost unusable. It appears that the screen develops a mind of its own, giving scant regard to the input from the user. If you are experiencing the same issue, here’s what you should try to fix the issue.

Ghost Touching bubbles

Ghost Touch Bubbles & erratic mouse behavior

When these ‘Ghost Touching’ circles appear on the screen, you virtually have no control over it. The intermittent cursor behavior makes the problem much worse! To solve this, take the following steps.

  1. Change Power Management Settings.
  2. Disable visual touch feedback
  3. Update or Rollback Graphics Driver
  4. Calibrate your touchscreen
  5. Get the hardware checked.

1] Change Power Management Settings

Windows 10 touchscreen devices are configured to preserve power, but sometimes unforeseen changes can make your touchscreen overactive. As such, it is desirable to turn off or disable the power saving of your touchscreen. To do this,

Press Windows key + X to open a menu. From it, select Device Manager.

Next, double click on Human Interface Devices, then double click the listing for HID-compliant touch screen.

The action, when confirmed, will open a new window. Switch to the Power Management tab and uncheck ‘Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power’ option. Click OK, then restart your system.

2] Disable visual touch feedback

Access Windows 10 Settings and choose Ease of Access under it.

After that, scroll down to locate ‘Other options’ in the left pane and uncheck the option ‘Show Visual Feedback when I touch the screen’.

Click ‘Apply’ and then press ‘OK’ button. This has been known to help many.

3] Update or Rollback Graphics Driver

Check with Windows Update, and see if there is an update pending which relates with your Graphics Drivers. If necessary, you can always install them manually from the OEMs website. However, If you recently updated your Graphics Driver, you may want to rollback to the old one. Open Device Manager > Select the Graphics Driver > Look for the Roll Back button. This is only enabled when its a recent update. Maybe you need to visit the manufacturers website to download the latest driver.

4] Calibrate your touchscreen

When your touchscreen is slow to respond or records your touch gestures inaccurately, a re-calibration of the process might fix the issue.

You may need to calibrate the screen for pen or touch.

5] Get the hardware checked

Maybe you need to get the touch screen checked with hardware support to rule out the possibility that the hardware might be faulty.

Lastly, sometimes, laptops or tablets start behaving erratically when in touch screen not working when working under conditions of high temperature, humidity, lights, or other conditions that interfere with the screen features. So, try to avoid working under such unfavorable conditions.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.