How To Use On-Screen Keyboard in Different Versions Of Windows?
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On-Screen Keyboard (OSK)
The on-screen keyboard is a software-based keyboard that is available in most operating systems, especially Microsoft Windows. It allows users to type text using a joystick or a pointing device. It not only improves input options for users who are physically challenged but also serves as an alternative to a physical keyboard.
Onscreen keyboards, also known as software keyboards or soft keyboards, is virtual keyboard that is displayed on the screen for ease of the user. It can easily be accessed on a touch screen monitor or other monitors with the help of a mouse.
The on-Screen feature is mainly used to ensure uninterrupted usage of the PC, Laptop, or any other device operating on Windows, in case of the absence of the physical keyboard. It comes quite handy for remote access too. This feature can also be used in smart televisions.
On-Screen Keyboard in Windows
The keyboard on the screen can be accessed with a wireless mouse or gaming console even when you are sitting far from the monitor.
In case of a touch screen monitor, you can turn on the ‘Tablet Mode’ and use the virtual keyboard on your screen.
The on-screen keyboard consists of all the keys present in the physical keyboard such as:
All the alphabets
Along with this, the on-screen keyboard has an option to close to it after use.
For normal screens without the touch screen feature, virtual keyboards can be accessed easily by following the steps explained in this article.
You need to type ‘On-screen Keyboard’ in the search bar.
Once you find the ‘On-screen Keyboard’ option, click on that.
Once the on-screen keyboard is displayed on your screen, you can hover the keyboard according to your wish anywhere on the screen.
For Windows 7
You need to click on the ‘Start’ menu.
Then search for the ‘All programs’ option and click on it.
From there, you need to find the ‘Accessories’ option and select it.
Next, you need to find and click on the ‘Ease of access’ option.
Finally, you need to find the ‘On-Screen Keyboard’ option and select it. Now you will be able to access the on-screen keyboard on your screen.
Features of the On-Screen Keyboard in Windows
Click sound: This adds sound to each click made by you on usage.
Highlights the keys: This lightens or highlights the keys that you place your cursor or pointer on.
Numeric keypad: The numeric keypad can be opened using this option and you can access all the number keys.
Text Prediction: This allows the keyboard to show predictions, thus helping you to work faster. English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish are the languages available for predictions. If you want any other language then you need to install it.
Different layouts: There are different layouts, you can select the one you prefer from the various options provided.
Pin: There is an option of pinning the on-screen keyboard. You can pin your on-screen keyboard to the taskbar using this option.