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How to enable palm rejection on Windows 10 touch screen devices

The Surface devices, both the tablet and the Surface studio, have the best touch interfaces Microsoft has to offer. There are other touch screen devices and they may, or may not be as good as the Surface ones. The Surface devices work with the Surface pen but Microsoft’s stylus isn’t limited to just the Surface devices. You can use it, and other styluses, with other touch screen devices running Windows 10. To make a stylus easier to use, you should enable palm rejection on Windows 10. It’s enabled by default if you have a Surface device however, if you have any other type of touch enabled device, you might not even know where the setting is.

Enable palm rejection

The setting for enabling palm rejection on Windows 10 isn’t labelled as such even though that’s the commonly used to term for this type of setting when you configure graphics tablets. To enable palm rejection, open the Settings app and go to the Devices group of settings.

Go to the Pen & Windows Ink tab, and under Pen, you will see an option called ‘Ignore touch input when I’m using my pen’. Enable this option to get palm rejection on your device.

Enabling palm rejection will improve input with a stylus however, it will still depend on the hardware that you’re using. If your device doesn’t have a capable touch screen then enabling palm rejection will only make a small difference.

Palm rejection is technology where, when you rest your hand on a touch screen to use a stylus, much like you would rest it on a piece of paper when writing on it with a pen or pencil, it doesn’t recognize your hand as input. It only recognizes input from your stylus. The iPad Pro has some of the best palm rejection technology for touch devices and the Surface studio comes in reasonably close however, there aren’t many other laptops or screens that can compare to the two.

A device that’s sold as a graphics tablet might work better with palm rejection enabled but simple touch screens may not work much better. That’s not to say you shouldn’t enable this feature. It’s a built-in feature that doesn’t take much effort to use so if you’re using a stylus with your touch screen device, give it a try to see if the accuracy of the stylus improves.

If your touch screen doesn’t recognize your stylus all the time, this might fix the problem however if you’re getting back ticks from your stylus, that has to do with your screen’s quality.

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