Does Windows 8 Require Touch Screen?

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I have noticed that most or maybe all new computers running Windows 8 come with a touch screen. Does Windows 8 require a touch screen? If so, why?

I’m a little fussy about smudges on the screen of my laptop, so I’m not sure I want to have to intentionally smudge a screen all the time if I could use Windows 8 without having to.

Thanks for your great newsletter and for your help.


Dear Nancy,

Windows 8 does not require a touch screen, in fact, I have been using Windows 8 for a couple of years now without a touch screen.

Microsoft created Windows 8 to be optimized for a touch screen, which means that some things are easier to do in Windows 8 if you have a touch screen. For example, it is easier to scroll through the start screen if you can use touch. It is also easier to close some apps by swiping your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom, but you can use your mouse and drag from the top of the screen to the bottom.

If you don’t want to use a touch screen, there are still some laptops that don’t have touch technology. I have also turned off the touch function of a screen for a customer who found it hard to use.

I hope this helps,



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