How to activate the Windows 10 on-screen keyboard

Windows offers an on-screen or virtual keyboard for typing in case you have problems with the physical keyboard or if you don’t have one. Let’s see below the ways you can activate or put the Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 on-screen keyboard.

Also known as a virtual keyboard, it is especially useful on touchscreens, but it is also easy to use for typing with the mouse. In Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 there is the touch keyboard, which you can open from the taskbar, and a more advanced virtual keyboard. Here I will show you how you can activate the on-screen keyboard in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7.

Windows 10 on-screen keyboard

You can quickly switch to the touch keyboard by right-clicking on the taskbar and enable the option Show touch keyboard button from the context menu.

Then you will see the touch keyboard button next to the systray. You just have to click or tap on that icon to open it.

After opening the touch keyboard, you can tap with your fingers (on touch screens) or click the keys to send information.

It works just like a normal keyboard. Select a text field by clicking or tapping and use the on-screen keys with the mouse or your fingers.

The icons in the upper right corner will allow you to enlarge, restore or move the keyboard.

Advanced keyboard

To access the advanced keyboard you just need to type on-screen keyboard in the Start menu and choose the result.

You can also use the shortcut Ctrl + Windows + O, or go to Settings > Accessibility > Keyboard and activate the option Use the on-screen keyboard.

This keyboard includes a greater number of keys and functions than the touch keyboard, which makes it more like a traditional physical keyboard. It is also a normal window that you can resize and minimize, and it incorporates an Options button for additional adjustments.

You can pin it to the taskbar like any other Windows program to open it more easily. To do this, right-click on the icon of the open program on the taskbar and choose the option Pin to taskbar .

You can also access it from the Windows 10 login screen. Click the Accessibility button in the lower-right corner, to the left of the power button, and select On-Screen Keyboard from the drop-down menu.

Put Windows 8.1 on-screen keyboard

In Windows 8.1 and 8 you can put the keyboard in a very similar way to Windows 10.

The taskbar option is a bit different. You must right-click on it, go to Toolbar and check the Touch keyboard option. You will see the Touch keyboard icon in the system tray, which you must click every time you want to use it.

You can also open the conventional virtual keyboard in these versions of Windows. To do this you must right-click on the Start button on the taskbar in Windows 8.1, or right-click on the lower left corner of the screen in Windows 8.

Select Control Panel, go to Accessibility and then to Ease of Access Center. Here you can click Launch On-Screen Keyboard.

If you wish, you can pin it to the taskbar to access it more easily when you need it.

You can also open the virtual keyboard on the Windows 8 login screen. You need to click the Accessibility button at the bottom left and select On-Screen Keyboard from the menu.

Windows 7 on-screen keyboard

In Windows 7 you can open the virtual keyboard by entering the Start menu, select All Programs> Accessories> Accessibility> On-screen keyboard.

You’ll also find the Launch On-Screen Keyboard option in the Control Panel’s Ease of Access Center. Although the above Start menu method does the same and is easier.

As in the previous cases, you can also pin it to the Windows 7 taskbar to access it more easily. You just have to right-click on the program icon on the taskbar and select the option Pin to taskbar.

To open it in the Windows 7 login screen, you must click the Accessibility button and in the menu that appears, mark the option Write without the keyboard (On-screen keyboard).

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