What is TabTip.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the TabTip.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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TabTip.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with TabTip
TabTip.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel or Tablet PC Input Panel Accessory or Microsoft Tablet PC Component belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: TabTip.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. TabTip.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 181,760 bytes (21% of all occurrences), 224,256 bytes and 14 more variants. 
The TabTip.exe file is a Windows core system file. TabTip.exe is a Microsoft signed file. The program has no visible window. TabTip.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with TabTip.exe, you can do the following:
  • search for help on the company's website
  • safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Microsoft Windows (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as TabTip.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the TabTip.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

interferes with tablet drivers
You have the Tablet PC Input Panel currently open. The Input Panel, also called Virtual Keyboard is the Tablet PC application which enables the user to enter text in free hand (which the Tablet PC converts to regular text).
  Mary   (further information)
windows 7 just notified me 100% of a processor was in use because of tabtip
TabTip.exe Enables Touch Keyboard.
More bloatware with its friend Tabtip32.exe that runs on PCs that have no use for it. Less code is better code but it seems that microsoft have lost the plot
  Dave MCSD  
It crashes apps after 15 min.

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Summary: Average user rating of TabTip.exe: based on 9 votes with 6 user comments. 3 users think TabTip.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving TabTip issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with TabTip. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the TabTip.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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