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.
The keyboard on the screen can be accessed with a wireless mouse or gaming console even when you are sitting far from the monitor.
For normal screens without the touch screen feature, virtual keyboards can be accessed easily by following the steps explained in this article.
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Note: The keyboard panel can easily be moved anywhere on the screen.
You can even access the on-screen keyboard before signing in to your Windows account.
You just need to follow the steps listed below:
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Once the on-screen keyboard is displayed on your screen, you can hover the keyboard according to your wish anywhere on the screen.
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The different methods to access the on-screen keyboard in Windows other than the usual way as mentioned above are:
~ You can select Windows + U simultaneously.
~This would open the ‘Ease to Access’ tool, where you can turn on your onscreen keyboard.
~ You can right-click on the ‘Start’ menu present in the bottom corner of your screen.
~Then you need to find and click on the ‘Run’ option.
~A ‘Run dialogue box’ would appear, there you need to type “OSK” in it and click on the ‘OK’ option.
~ You can select Windows + X.
~This will open the ‘Quick Access Menu’.
~From there you need to select the ‘Command prompt’ option, then type ‘OSK’ in it and finally press the ‘Enter’ option.
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~ You need to click on the ‘Start’ menu option at the lower bottom of your screen and search for the ‘Windows PowerShell’ option.
~Next, you need to click on that option to open a dialogue box.
~There you need to type ‘OSK’ in the space provided (near a blinking cursor) and press ‘Enter’.
~ To directly open the on-screen keyboard, you need to press Windows, Ctrl (Control), and O (Alphabet O) simultaneously.
~The on-screen keyboard would appear immediately on your screen.
~ You can press Windows + I simultaneously.
~After that, you need to find and select the ‘Ease of Access’ option from the ‘Settings’ panel and search for ‘keyboard’ options.
~Once you find the ‘keyboard opinion, you need to turn on the on-screen keyboard.
Turning off the On-Screen Keyboard
The steps to turn off the On-screen keyboard in Windows are:
There is another technique too that you can use-
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For further information and help, visit the Windows support page.
This explains how to use the on-screen keyboard in Windows. We hope you find it helpful.