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How to enable the On-screen Keyboard in Windows 10

How to enable the On-screen Keyboard in Windows 10

by AshwinFebruary 15, 2016

One of the things I like in Windows 10, is the fact that it comes with a lot of useful features.

On-screen Keyboard Windows 10
This includes a virtual keyboard.

What is a virtual keyboard anyway? It is an on-screen keyboard, which you can use with your mouse. Simply hover the mouse cursor over a key on the onscreen keyboard, and click on it. The letters will be typed on the screen, just like how they would have with a real keyboard.

What is the use of a virtual keyboard?

There are many uses. Here are a few examples, what if you don’t have a physical keyboard at the moment? What if your keyboard has stopped working or is broken? Or even if only a few keys on your keyboard stop working, but you have to use the keys for work. This is where an onscreen keyboard app is useful. You may even use the physical keyboard along with it ( for say Shift + Caps).

With the On-screen Keyboard, you can click on the shift key for capital letters, or even to input the alternate symbols. Similarly you can click on the alt key, and then on tab, to switch between existing apps. The keyboard is resizable and can even be used as a fullscreen app too (may be useful in a multi-monitor environment).

The keyboard uses the default language of your Windows 10, and for English it uses the QWERTY keypad format, with the Windows key. It also comes with an optional Numpad as well. And you can enable Word Prediction as well, which is useful for typing quickly. There is no spell check though, but you can use your Windows App (in which you’r typing) if it has a spellcheck software.

The on-screen keyboard also has a key sound (which can be disabled) for a realistic typing experience. And should you not like the app blocking content, you can use the fade option to make it slightly opaque. But of course, resizing the application is a better option.

How to enable the On-screen Keyboard in Windows 10

1. Click on the Start Button and select the Settings app.

2. Now, click on the Ease of Access option.

3. In the left sidebar, select the “Keyboard” option.

4. Now select the first option “On-screen Keyboard”.

5. The keyboard will appear on your screen, and you can use it with any app.

On-screen Keyboard in Windows 10

To close the keyboard you can simply hit the X button.

Tip: You can pin the On-screen Keyboard to your taskbar for quickly accessing the app.

Another advantage is that the large font (after