On-screen Windows keyboard: Options and settings

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The Windows operating system contains an Onscreen Keyboard keyboard whose executable file is osk.exe. It is part of the Wind0ws 10/8 Ease of Access function, which you can use with your mouse instead of the physical keyboard. In one of our previous articles, we saw how to use the Windows computer without keyboard and mouse. Today, we will take a closer look at the on-screen keyboard in Windows 8, its settings and options, and how to activate the numeric keyboard.

Windows on-screen keyboard

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To start the on-screen keyboard, press Win+U to open the Ease of Access Center. You can find it here:

Control PanelAll Control Panel elementsEase Access Center

If you are here, click Start on the Keyboard screen.

To start the on-screen keyboard, you can also start Windows Start Search, enter osk.exe and press Enter.

In Windows 10, you can see the setting under Settings > Ease of Use > Keyboard.

In Windows 8.1, you can also access it via Charms > PC Settings > Ease of Access Panel. Move the cursor to activate the on-screen keyboard.

Again – You can also access it when you are on the login screen by clicking the Facilitate Access button.

When you turn on the on-screen keyboard, you will see the following layout.

You can click the buttons with the mouse pointer and operate the buttons. Note that you cannot touch the on-screen keyboard. To do this, Windows offers the touch keyboard on touch devices.

Here Fade is a button you may find useful if you need the on-screen keyboard to do a background fade.

Clicking the button Options opens the Options field. Here you can see different options to help you configure your on-screen keyboard.

Here you see options like:

  • Use the click sound
  • Display the keys to facilitate movement on the screen
  • Turn on the numeric keypad
  • Click the keys / Hover keys
  • Scroll keys
  • Use text prediction.

To activate the number pad, select the check box Activate the number pad .

If you want the Windows on-screen keyboard to start when you connect, open Control Panel > Ease of Use > Use computer without mouse or keyboard and select Use on-screen keyboard (16). When you do this, the on-screen keyboard will automatically start each time you connect .

If your Windows on-screen keyboard automatically appears on the other side, if you do not want it, simply uncheck this box.

You can create a shortcut to the on-screen keyboard by right-clicking the Desktop > New > Shortcut and using the path or location of the item as C:WindowsSystem32osk.exe.

Also read:

  1. Using the voice output under Windows
  2. Tips and tricks for the magnifying glass.

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